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10 Esteemed Reader Jason Stern on how life remains a mystery, even to ourselves.
11 Editor’s Note Brian K. Mahoney remembers craft beer pioneer Tommy Keegan.
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vase-like spiral of fleshy fingers grips the word “Flower” rendered in hot pink clay. This playful, cartoon-like sculpture is representative of Marianna Peragallo’s semisurreal style, whose work is now on display at the Wassaic Project, part of the group show “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home by Now,” curated by Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, and Will Hutnick. Peragallo first exhibited at the Wassaic Project as an artist-in-residence in October 2019. Last summer, she also contributed to their online education workshops. “I can’t say enough kind things about the folks at the Wassaic Project,” Peragallo says. “I have developed a wonderful relationship with them, and they have been so supportive of my work.” Most of Peragallo’s sculptures have bodily extremities that propel people forward and evoke themes of giving and receiving. About Flower, she says, “My anthropomorphic sculptures are self-portraits that have mutated into body-textobject hybrids. Flower is both a noun and a verb. Here, the word is being held as an offering. It can be thought of as a request, like, ‘go ahead, 8 CHRONOGRAM 6/21
flower, bloom, grow.’ My sculptures have mutated beyond the possibilities of the human body to hold a gesture.” Love is a driving force behind much of Peragallo’s work. She started thinking about it in reaction to abuse of power and systemic oppression, realizing that love gets misinterpreted as passive neutrality or worse, self-centered manipulation. As a result, Peragallo believes love often gets sidelined as sentimental, but she believes it’s a radical act rooted in strength and mutual support. “I hope to communicate the labor and action required in love in a way that is disarming and humorous,” she says. Working in multimedia gives Peragallo the freedom and flexibility to explore new ways to create. For smaller sculptures, she works with polymer clay. Larger sculptures can involve foam, epoxy, and resin. Sometimes she works digitally on stop-motion animation. “All of these methods feed each other, push the work in different ways, and pose unique challenges that allow me to think differently,” she says. Born in Brazil, Peragallo immigrated to
the US when she was a child and has moved many times since. “The constant push and pull between cultures lends itself to thinking about possibilities, like creating a new body or new being that isn’t specific to any one place,” she says. Peragallo keeps an eye open for the beauty in the mundane. “Recently, I have been reimagining common household objects such as a broom and dustpan, light fixture, mirror, or staircase,” she says. “These objects have important jobs in our spaces that can be taken for granted despite being essential.” She’s influenced by artists old and new and takes great inspiration from children’s books, which inform how her sculptures look. “But I try not to prescribe a style, I just try to be as authentic in my work as possible—mistakes, imperfections, and all.” “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home by Now” is on exhibit at the Wassaic Project through September 18, the centerpiece of the art space’s robust summer programming at its home in the town of Amenia. Wassaicproject.org. —Michael Cobb
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Science has no good definition of life, no conception of life, and is frankly antagonistic to anyone who thinks “What is life?” should be the first and most important question. Science believes in substance, in matter, in the material world, even though we have no real clue how matter forms itself into either a carrot or a human being or an elephant or a cancer cell. Try as we might, we have not made progress in our understanding of how consciousness arises out of a collection of atoms. —Thomas Cowan, MD, Cancer and the New Biology of Water, Chelsea Green, 2019 What is life? A question impossible to fathom with any conceptual framework. It is as though the substance of life is a material more rarefied and dynamic than the ideistic appurtenances of the intellect. The question slides through the mind like water in a sieve. Meanwhile, by all accounts we are really identified with life. All beings cling to it with fierce tenacity. For the most part, we want it to go on as long as possible, regardless of the quality of the experience. We call our subjective experience of life “my life” and associate with it a particular narrative, a story line, a set of experiences and relationships. Life then becomes private property, in the ownership of someone referred to as “I” or “me,” and the experiences arising from it are “mine.” What life is remains a mystery, not only to the myopic machinations of modern science, but even to ourselves. We can experience something like vitality in the body, but real contact is limited by the degree of identification with the contents of the experience. We notice degrees of life in other people and other beings, registering that a living body is healthy or ill, but we tend to associate vitality with the identity of the particular body. Nevertheless, we can usually perceive when a body is dead. Meanwhile, life is clearly something transpersonal. It is an energy or substance that is a medium of intelligence and pattern, and of creativity, giving rise to myriad forms and qualities. The bodies of human beings, sheep, lizards, trees, moss, and even stone are made from the same components, while each has a very different manifestation in form. Each being emanates a unique and whole quality on the spectrum of emanations. It may be that the prevalent view on life is upside down. We believe that we have life, and that is somehow “my life.” Is it possible that in fact the reverse is true? That life has us? The suggestion is that all the instruments of one’s functioning—the body, intellect, emotions, and experiential forms arising therein—are instruments for life. The implications of such a shift in worldview are huge. If human beings, and my own being in particular are, in fact, an instrument for a transpersonal intelligence and energy called “life,” then what are human beings for, and what is my life for, in particular? What is the life of the biosphere? What is the life of all we know—the large and small species of humans, animals, plants— living within and relying upon an invisible biomic and viomic ecosystem of microscopic beings and exosomic output? If life gives rise to and makes use of bodies, rather than the opposite, we have the implication that just as in observable nature every form of life has a purpose within a larger ecosystem or body. What is the purpose of these bodies and instruments within the universal context? What is the function of life on Earth within the ecosystem of the solar system, the galaxy, beyond? What is life? If one feels the importance of the question, I think there is a role for the intellect in the endeavor to illuminate insight. Again, this is the reverse of the habitual functioning of the mind, which is to collect and organize data to grasp on to some comfortably known answer. Rather it is to use the mind to put the question in front of myself, to hold the question without grasping at any answers. What is life? The question, I think, is the key to the lock on the door behind which lies the solutions to the problems facing humanity. Can we hold this question, and continue even as apparent answers arise?
by Brian K. Mahoney
The Close of Cowboy Season
ast fall, I heard through the grapevine that Tommy Keegan, the owner of Keegan Ales in Kingston, was in talks to sell his brewery. This was both newsworthy and personally poignant. Tommy was a pioneer of the craft beer movement. When he opened Keegan Ales in 2003, his brewery was the only one between Brooklyn and Albany. That same year Chronogram moved its office to Kingston and Lee Anne and I bought a house here. The Kingston of 2003 was a world away from the Kingston of 2021—this was long before the city had nice things like $12 pints of artisanal ice cream, boutique hotels, roundabouts, and murals all over town. Like other cities in the region, Kingston was still in a post-industrial malaise just after the turn of the millennium. IBM had left town in the mid-`90s, Kingston’s Uptown shopping district had been gutted by the ascendance of the mall a few miles outside the city limits. The town was gritty. It felt unsettled in its identity; it had a bit of the Wild West about it. It’s fitting that Tommy referred to his early days as “cowboy season.” An anecdote to illustrate my point: Before I moved to Kingston, some of my buddies and I used to drink at a dive bar downtown called the Sturgeon. It was one of the few places around that featured a large selection of beers on tap. More importantly, the bar possessed a worn-butwarm spirit that you don’t find much anymore. Cheap and cheerful, the Sturgeon was as cozy as a clubhouse, albeit a club that had been losing members for years and fallen woefully behind on maintaining its infrastructure. One night my friends and I were having a couple beers and some laughs at the Sturgeon. At some point, Mark went off to the bathroom to relieve himself. A moment later, from the general direction of the bathroom we heard a groaning noise, like wood under great pressure before it snaps, and then a loud crash. The bartender, who was at the far end of the bar chatting with some regulars, seems not to have heard the catastrophic sound. At that point, our assembled party engaged in a speed round of escalating hyperbole
1. Tommy: “Jesse Smith [of the Kingston Freeman] was one of the first people to interview me. And we sat right out here in the beer garden. He’s like, ‘You cannot give away free beer in Midtown Kingston, man. This is going to be bad. You’re going to blow up. There’s going to be riots and it’s going to go bad.’ Those were the good old days. It was like cowboy season right there. Yeah. We did four- or six-ounce tasters and it was just free for everybody.” There is no record of any free beer riots having ever taken place at Keegan Ales.
about Mark’s troubled intestines and their devastating impact on bathrooms up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Mark then emerged from the bathroom, looking nonplussed. “The toilet fell through the floor,” he said. While none of us jumped up to see if Mark needed help when we heard the crashing sounds, we all ran to the bathroom now to see the spectacle of failed plumbing. Sure enough, the wood floor had rotted and the toilet had fallen through to the basement where it was lying in pieces. I think someone shut the water valve. We returned to our beers and apprised the bartender of the situation in the bathroom. He seemed in no hurry to go and deal with it. We all had another round and headed home. This Kingston—shabby sliding into dilapidated—was the place where Tommy opened his brewery. The city has changed quite a bit since then, but all along, Keegan Ales had been a kind of community living room where bikers and lawyers and nurses and musicians and plumbers and even magazine editors rubbed elbows. As the city got swankier (a brewery opened across town serving oysters and lobster rolls) and the craft beverage industry exploded (there are now almost 500 craft breweries in New York State), Tommy didn’t change his simple formula of craft beer, live music, and inclusive camaraderie—and was frankly unapologetic about it. “I built a clubhouse that I want to hang out in,” Tommy told me. “And if that’s your gig and you want to hang out, great, come on in. And if that’s not your gig, I’m not going to be offended.” So when I heard that Keegan Ales was being sold, it seemed important to sit down with Tommy and get his nearly two decades in Kingston on the record. By the time we got together in late October 2020, the deal to sell the brewery had fallen through—for a variety of complex reasons that kill many a business sale— but we spoke for a couple hours about a wide range of topics. We talked about everything from his unorthodox promotional strategy when he first opened1; to the counterintuitive problem the
2. Tommy: “The industry term is rotation nation, because all those taps rotate. It used to be, in the good old days, when it was just old men running bars, that was your tap. It was a pain in the ass to get it, but once you got it and that was your tap, when you’re out, they’d put another one on. You could walk into a bar and know what it was going to be. The same ones every day. But now, the customer has become educated enough to demand the bar owner keep rotating stuff, which demands the wholesaler keeps rotating
educated beer consumer poses to the small craft brewer 2; and the time he got punched in the face as a publicity stunt for the launch of Keegan’s Black Eye IPA at WPDH3. We published a much-shortened version of that interview in the December issue, and the full transcript of our conversation is now available online (“A Long Talk with Craft Beer Pioneer Tommy Keegan (1970-2021)”). On April 30, Tommy Keegan died of a heart attack at the age of 50. His death sent shockwaves throughout his adopted city of Kingston and the craft beer industry. Tommy was a community pillar—involved in everything from the arts to local sports to healthcare benefits and social-justice initiatives—and the Kingston Freeman was full of tributes from local leaders when his death was announced. After Tommy’s funeral service, hundreds of mourners followed Tommy’s remains—riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle—the dozen blocks from the church to the brewery. Bagpipers led the way. A Dixieland band brought up the rear. Many toasts were raised in his honor. Tommy combined his love of beer with savvy entrepreneurship and civic-mindedness to create a business that became an institution. His legacy will long outlast his too-short life. Tommy’s death also feels like the end of era in Kingston, and the greater Hudson Valley as well. The region has been fully and finally discovered, and folks are moving in at a pace that’s dislocating both mentally and physically. Businesses are opening up left and right, from Beacon to Hudson, Newburgh to Catskill, but many of them seem hyper-niche, existing in a tiny echo chamber of a specific taste. Far be it from me to stop a thousand flowers from blooming—small businesses are the backbone of the regional economy—but it’s hard to imagine a place opening now like Keegan Ales, embodying the sincerity and big-heartedness of Tommy’s everyman ethos. “You can’t ever be everything to everybody,” Tommy said to me in our last interview. Maybe not, but Tommy came pretty damn close. Rest in peace.
stuff, which puts us at a disadvantage as a production facility.” 3. Tommy: “One of my best friends is Bob, a woman I’ve known since high school. Her husband is a bad-ass bodybuilder, and a mixed-martial arts guy. And he tells me, if you want to get a good black eye, but not get hurt that bad, you got to punch underneath. So that way, it’ll make this cheek part swell up, and it’ll look really ugly, but it won’t hurt that bad. We had this whole coaching session. I did not sleep well
that night. Imagine waiting all night to get punched in the face in the morning. And then you got to drive down to Poughkeepsie, and then I’m sitting there, and they’re like, ‘Okay. Tommy Keegan’s going to get punched in the face. But first, the news. And then the sports, and then the weather.’ I’m like, ‘Can we just get this damn thing over with?’”
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Four Legacy Market Operators Talk Legalization By Roger Hannigan Gilson
he Great Recession of 2008-09 was hard on Olechka. A personal trainer by trade, she saw her client base in New York City evaporate. She had sunk a lot of cash into a small shop in the Hudson Valley, but no one was buying. She found herself digging through dumpsters behind grocery stores to feed herself and her teenager. A friend started giving her small amounts of weed, and Olechka would bake brownies and other cannabis desserts, selling them under-thetable at her shop, enough to pay some bills and keep the lights on. One day the friend asked if Olechka knew where to get an ounce. Oletchka made $150 in five minutes by buying the ounce for $300 and selling it to her friend for $450. She realized there was money to be made. “It was all such a total coincidence,” Olechka, now in her fifties, says. “I did not smoke pot, I didn’t know there was money in pot, I didn’t know anything about weed.” Olechka went from selling eighths and ounces in her small town to distributing upwards of 200 pounds of weed a month—with a street value of $1 million—in the Hudson Valley and New York City, selling duffle bags of weed to everyone from college dealers in Poughkeepsie to mafiosi in the South Bronx to gangs in Bushwick. Olechka prospered off an unregulated black market now threatened by the legalization of marijuana in New York. With dispensary licensure beginning next year, I spoke at length with Olechka and three other weed dealers on how their market will change, and how legal marijuana sales will fare in the state. 12 CHRONOGRAM 6/21
The Dealers in Your Neighboorhood The dealers all believe the black market isn’t going anywhere, despite the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on March 31. The law allows possession of up to five pounds of marijuana at one’s home and three ounces on the go and sets up a framework for growing marijuana for personal use and for sale at dispensaries. The three dealers I spoke to who are currently active all say they have no plans to stop despite legalization—and they’re confident their trade will continue. Noemi, who sold small amounts of weed to friends and acquaintances for years before stopping during the pandemic, says it mostly comes down to the price the black market can offer compared to dispensaries. “There’s a lot of overhead, and then the consumer has to pay for that overhead, so the product ends up being quite a bit more expensive,” she said. Consumers will also face a 13 percent excise tax, plus an additional tax on the amount of THC in their purchase. A cultivation tax is applied before the product even reaches the point of sale. Noemi sells eighths of weed for $40, which she compares to legal purchases she’s made across the border in Massachusetts, where eighthounces generally go for $66. The other dealers interviewed put the price of an eighth between $30 and $50 in the Hudson Valley. Going to a neighborhood dealer is also more convenient, Noemi says—some of her customers live in her building, and she can generally make herself available day or night instead of adhering to opening and closing hours.
There’s also a different quality to black-market transactions, Noemi says. “If you have a connect, it’s someone who is your friend or its someone you’re close to,” she says. “They’ll work with you—‘If you don’t have the money this week, see you next week’—you don’t have those kinds of community-type connections at the dispensary, where it’s like—‘Give me all your money right now’—after you stand in line for three hours.” Dom, an artist who sells small amounts of weed in Ulster County, says he thinks legalization will only have a minor impact on his business. He has sold to some people for years, and they know his product is reliable. It may improve sales, Dom says, as people will not “have the same fear of law enforcement while enjoying marijuana.” Any increased sales of weed in New York will go straight to the black market for the time being—the first legal sales are not expected before 2022. Black Market Persistence Just as dealers say there will still be a demand for black-market weed on the consumer end, interest in selling black-market weed will not likely dissipate. The unregulated market allows people to enrich themselves who might otherwise not have the capital, credit or social connections to enter the traditional business world. Mikey was living paycheck to paycheck in a small apartment outside Poughkeepsie before he began selling weed. He saved his profits, investing them in larger quantities of product until he was moving 40 pounds of weed a month. He always had a legitimate job and eventually bought the
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business where he worked in a deal that included $25,000 in cash from drug sales. “I didn’t think that there was a clear path for me to have financial stability and/or upward mobility,” Mikey says. “It seemed like everyone who had a business either came from money or figured something else out that I couldn’t figure out. I just wanted to crack the code and get in there.” The seed money for Mikey’s first weed trade was a few hundred dollars—about as low a bar that exists for starting a business. Mikey’s weed trade supports his legitimate business with cash infusions. In several years, he plans to buy the building housing his business with the proceeds of his pot sales. Drug cash, from weed or other substances, underlie a chunk of the local economy, Mikey says, counting four businesses in the immediate area around his storefront partially supported by drug sales. Olechka says the black-market weed industry will never disappear because of the “red tape” that exists in legal markets. “To jump through all the hoops to get fully legal—for most people in the industry, it is too much,” she says. “There is no way that Bushwick guys will go all legal, and there’s no way they’ll stop their delivery services. They will not be selling legal weed.” There is little incentive for dealers to stop. None of the four interviewed in this article has ever been arrested for anything to do with the weed trade, and they figure police will be even less incentivized to arrest them now—Dom compares it to a home brewer selling beer to friends without paying taxes. Imported from California Olechka’s weed, like most of the weed smoked in the Hudson Valley, comes from California, she says, and this isn’t about to change. New Yorkers will be able to cultivate their own weed under the new law, which could incentivize cultivators to sell their product on the black market, but with a limit of six plants per person, they’re unlikely to attract the eye of distributors like Olechka. With legalization, New Yorkers might more readily break existing laws and grow more than six plants, but Olechka says New York’s climate will produce an inferior, outdoor product highlevel distributors will be uninterested in. Marijuana can also be cultivated indoors, where environmental conditions can be controlled, but Mikey says this would also result in an inferior product. “The people from California are professionals,” he says, and the weed he’s seen produced in New York is laughable in comparison. Though there is certainly incentive for professional, licensed growers to sell some of their crop to the black market, Olechka believes New York’s cultivation regulations will look more like Washington or Oregon’s, where each plant is tracked and there is little wiggle room for illegal sales. The details of legalized cultivation will be worked out by the Office of Cannabis Management, a state agency governed by a fivemember board appointed by the governor and the legislature. Marijuana prices in California dropped
The HEART program seeks to give legacy dealers and cultivators the tools necessary to build a business, so they do not fail out of the gate when given loans or grants by the state—a problem that has beset other states when legalizing marijuana. significantly after the state legalized the plant and some legal grow operations diverted their product into the black market, Olechka says— the price she paid for a pound fell by more than 25 percent. However, dealers do not see a similar drop in price forthcoming for illicit marijuana because the source of the black market weed will be the same: California. Create a Path to Legal Trade None of the dealers I spoke to are interested in joining the legal market. Dom is primarily interested in advancing his artistic career—he views his side-business as a way to smoke for free and to make ends meet instead of a profession. Mikey is focused on making enough to buy his building. The nonprofit HEART Program (Healing, Education, Assistance, Reinvestment & Reentry Training) will introduce a pilot program in New York this summer to try to transition black-market dealers into the legitimate marijuana trade and invest in communities disproportionally hurt by the War on Drugs. The program will be “a legal certification workshop so that legacy operators can come through our education program and get fully brought up to speed on all the compliance tools
and measures they would need to go legal depending on what sort of area they would be interested in pursuing licensure for,” says Colleen Mairead Hughes, the program’s founder, who lives in Newburgh. Legacy operators are interested in participating in the legal marijuana market, Hughes says, but are distrustful of the government, and the HEART program seeks to point out incentives for going legal, such as 40 percent of tax receipts going to community reinvestment grants, which in part can be used to provide low- or no-interest loans or grants to legacy operators trying to start legal marijuana businesses. The HEART program seeks to give legacy dealers and cultivators the tools necessary to build a business, so they do not fail out of the gate when given loans or grants by the state—a problem that has beset other states when legalizing marijuana, Hughes says. Much is unknown about how the state will help black-market dealers transition to the legal market. The details will be hashed out by the board of regulators at the Office of Cannabis Management, and Hughes fears the state will appoint serial regulators who don’t understand the legacy market. The black market dealers I spoke to were not yet aware of this program but seemed set on continuing to sell illegally. The black market will also continue in New York for less tangible reasons. Olechka says part of the reason she likes selling weed is “the game.” “It’s this odd underground world that I would have never stepped into, and it’s by invitation only,” she says. “I would never have met people on the Lower East Side, I would have never met Bushwick people, people who then I started seeing in a totally different light—their lifestyle, what they did, why they did it.” Part of it is the anarchic thrill of breaking the law and getting away with it. Olechka recalls meeting a police officer socially a few years back. Instead of keeping her distance, she befriended the man. “I made myself this total dumb blonde who just idolized police and their work,” she says with a laugh. “I’ve never been very rule-abiding or conventional a person,” she continues. “I might look like it, but no.”
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A CULINARY POEM FOR OUR TIME Tamar Adler’s Recipe for Joy and Hope By Kathleen Willcox Portrait by David McIntyre
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on’t throw that wilted parsley sprig out. Tamar Adler will transform it into something delicious for you, and in the process, give you a new way of looking at food, waste, and what sustains all of us. Adler gracefully walks the line between the world of professional food writing (her byline appears in Vogue and the New York Times; she has published two food books, and is currently writing her third), and the world of professional cookery (Adler’s worked at Chez Panisse, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Prune). She is the type of bizarrely well-rounded person—a “personality” in the best way—who makes a lasting impression. Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns—a man who has received multiple James Beard awards, has been named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine, served on President Barack Obama’s Council of Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and serves on the board of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment—someone, in other words, who has reason to not remember the hundreds of phenomenally talented chefs who pass through his ranks, lauds Adler. “Tamar worked with me 12 years ago, but I remember her attention to detail, her clever appreciation of a good story, and her beautiful writing,” Barber recalls via email. “She went on to show all these things in her career, and it’s been amazing to see.” A Distinct Vision She does seemingly strange things with food, like cooking eggs in spoons over coal, or making salads from canned bamboo shoots and artichoke dubbed “Salad for a Natural Disaster.” In her hands, these hodgepodge meals and idiosyncratic recipes seem like a culinary poem to our time. A recipe for not just surviving, but thriving, during a global pandemic, with climate change at our doorstep and everyone at home all the time, hungry and bored. Adler’s first book, 2011’s An Everlasting Meal, has achieved cult classic status, and recently went into its 29th printing, the last two of which occurred this year. (In the foreword, influential food critic Mimi Sheraton describes Adler as “a spiritual, free-willed cook and writer with an Impressionist’s eye and palate.”) During the pandemic, her prescient approach to pantry cooking—of never wasting a scrap (she freezes carrot peels and onion skins for stock; saves bacon fat for delicious stir fries), of finding the delicious in the sad and dreary—seemed like the only Rx to lockdown fatigue that America could agree on. “I wrote [An Everlasting Meal] after the 2008 recession,” Adler recalls, from her home in Hudson. “People were tightening their belts,
Garlicky egg sauce: leftover scrambled egg pounded with garlic and olive oil and spooned over vegetables, topped with quick pickled onions. homes were being foreclosed on, it seemed like an incredible time of economic stress. The book is an homage to M. F. K. Fischer’s How to Cook a Wolf, which she wrote during World War II. It was my approach to taking a bad moment and turning it into a joy, and offer the potential of living with dignity during a time of pain.” When we spoke, Adler was enjoying a rare moment of quiet at home, while her four-yearold son is at his Montessori preschool in Catskill, and her husband, Pete, was occupied at work. From home. Because #20202021. “Hardship is cyclical,” Adler points out. “This has also been an incredibly stressful time for so many people, but it has also been a time to really dig deep and find joy. For me, this is through cooking, and feeding people.” She is in the midst of writing what she would never deign to refer to as a magnum opus, but it sure sounds like one. “I have a call scheduled with my editor, and honestly, I’m a little scared,” she admits. “This book is completely insane. If I had to describe it, I’d call it the cookbook correlate to The Everlasting Meal. In my addled brain, the only way to truly write that cookbook is to turn it into an A to Z encyclopedia of leftovers. I turned in A to J last week, and I had 10 entries under Kool-Aid, five kimchi recipes, and multiple recipes for ripe versus underripe fruits. Right now, I’m planning out the next 16 letters. I could spend a year on P, because
pasta. I mean, the options are endless.” Adler’s deep delight and certainty in possibility, her laudable desire to look on the bright side, is what landed her in Hudson in 2016. A Moveable Feast “I grew up in New York City, and I spent several years in other places, but then suddenly, I’d been living in New York City for 10 years,” she recalls. “This was not what Pete and I wanted. The quality of life was low. As a writer, I was always annoyed by the noise. We couldn’t afford to buy an apartment or home, or even move to a better rental. I came here to Hudson impulsively one day, after not being able to get it out of my mind. I’d gone to a friend’s lamb roast further upstate and had stopped through. I had been struck by the beauty, the sense of community, the livability of it.” A quick return visit did nothing to shatter her illusions. “Our good friends Kate and Mona, who own Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions in Hudson, invited us to stay for a weekend, and once again, everything felt like the kind of life we wanted to live. On impulse really, we decided to move.” Adler admits that she had “no idea how real estate even worked,” but after a few missteps, quickly fell in with a wonderful agent that “we are still in touch with. We bought an 1840s townhouse essentially on the spot, and it was 6/21 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 17
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Leftover pesto rolled in cream cheese dough pinwheels and baked into a cocktail snack. naïve in retrospect, but also the best decision we ever made. It’s almost unbelievable. We love our neighbors, my son’s friends with twins who live across the street. They wake up and wave to each other.” Adler’s happiness with her life in Hudson is palpable, something typically found among ex-urbanites who were sick of the city they were living in, ground down by the pace, expense, and shocking lack of fun it entailed. Adler’s enthusiasms for Hudson’s charms are multifarious. “The food scene here is incredible. I am a huge supporter of Rolling Grocer 19, because they source locally and their food is impeccable, but also because they have tiered pricing, depending on your income. If you own your own home for example, you pay full price,” she says. “My son’s diet is 90 percent Sparrowbush Farm Spelt Bread. The whole family is into Samascott Orchards everything.” But she is also inspired by the restaurants, wine stores—“I have a close relationship, maybe too close, with Hudson Wine Merchants,” she jokes—and their desire to give back. “During the pandemic, several of the chefs in town, including Jamie Parry at Swoon and John Carr at Le Perche, dedicated themselves to Columbia Free Kitchen,” she says. “Then Kitty’s and Lil Deb’s Oasis put community fridges in front of their places. That’s why I love it here. It’s a community, where people are invested in helping each other.” A certain type of creative ex-urbanite, like Adler, seems to land in a town like Hudson, in part because of the charm they clearly find in the distinctive form of camaraderie here. In a recent post on Instagram, she thanked one of her neighbors after a day of cookbook trials in which “everything I made was disgusting. … It was so unnerving I lost my flow. I’ve been between uninspired and outright defeated ever since. I psyched myself out. Today’s not much better, except that I made some manioc/cassava fries and topped them with cilantro and scallions and zest and they were delicious, because how could that not be. Then when I told my neighbor about my failure she said: ‘Oh good! It happens to you too!’ And that made me feel so much better I’m 50 percent healed and that much more ready to get back in the saddle tomorrow.” Adler’s latest book is being written in her trademark spirit of communion and collaboration. And because everything Adler does, including writing cooking tomes, is done with a crowd-sourced, punk-rocktinged democratic approach, she is accepting recipe requests at the ambitiously named email firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s tracking to 3,000 recipes, but there’s always room for one more. To discover something Adler hasn’t already covered though, you’re really going to have to dig deep into the compost bin. (Don’t bother sending your banana peel requests, she already has you covered with an imaginative chutney and dry curry.)
If you want a taste of Adler’s transformative culinary magic, try your hand at Adler’s Banana Skin Thoran. Banana Skin Thoran: Takes 30-40 minutes, serves 4 Ingredients: Skins of 3-4 bananas (if you peel them in the morning and are cooking later, soak them in acidulated water with lemon or vinegar, or a piece of turmeric) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. peeled and minced ginger 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. ground hing 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp. ground turmeric 1 Tbsp. fat (peanut oil, canola oil, coconut oil, or ghee) 1 tsp. black mustard seeds, or cumin seeds, or a combination
1 small onion, diced 10 curry leaves 1 spicy chili, sliced, (or a bunch of sliced pickled chilies) ¼ cup dried shredded coconut 2 Tbsp.–¼ cup water Optional: cilantro and lime juice, to taste. Instructions: Wash and dry banana peels, removing ends and any big brown spots, and slice into thin horizontal ribbons. Pound or pulse the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt into a paste. Heat the fat in a large pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the onion, garlic-spice paste, and the curry leaves. Sauté until they just begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add banana peel, chili, coconut, and water. Simmer until peels are tender and delicious, 15-20 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and squeeze with lime, if using, and eat over rice.
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From the outside, the one-story brick building housing Beacon’s new Kitchen & Coffee looks squat, but step inside to find high ceilings and a bank of windows that flood the bright cafe/bakery in sunlight. The health-conscious plant-based fare at Kitchen & Coffee ranges from avocado toast (duh) to bowls both sweet (think cacao banana pecan granola, $7) and savory (like the meatless bahn mi bowl, $17). There are also salads, sandwiches, quiche, and a mushroom burger for heartier lunch options. Everything at Kitchen & Coffee is gluten-free and vegetarian, made using local ingredients whenever possible. The coffee shop side of the operation serves up smallbatch-roasted Fair Trade coffees and teas. Planning a birthday or a special event? You can custom-order gluten-free cakes and cupcakes that are decadent enough to convert even the staunchest of wheat-eaters. 420 Main Street, Beacon | Kitchen.coffee
The rolling greens of the golf course offer a scenic view as you drive into Woodstock on Route 375, but for those that aren’t a member of the club, there haven’t been many reasons to turn in to the parking lot. But now Millstream Tavern, under the direction of Dallas and Ted Gilpin (of Dutch Ale House in Saugerties) is open to the public. During the pandemic, the couple scooped up Michelin-starred chef Ryan Tate, formerly of Deer Mountain Inn, to run the food program. Tate, who helped open TriBeCa’s acclaimed Le Restaurant, has toned down his adventurous streak for the golf club setting, turning his culinary expertise, instead, to perfecting familiar classics. Start out with oysters on the half shell ($18) and the hangar steak tartare, served here with a smoked egg yolk, shallots, capers, and mustard ($16). The cobb salad boasts a stunning presentation, with soft boiled quail eggs, gem lettuce, endive, bacon, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles, and mustard vinaigrette ($15). It’s easily a meal even for the biggest appetite. On the mains, a standout is the crisp chicken sandwich, served with sesame-chili aioli, shredded lettuce, and scallions on a sesame seed bun ($18). Sit on the deck and sip a craft cocktail or split a bottle of natural wine, while the stream gurgles by. 114 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock | Millstreamtavern.com
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In mid-April, the team behind Village Coffee & Goods threw open the doors on their newest venture: Village Grocery & Refillery. The location shares a parking lot with Kingston Standard Brewing Co. on Jansen Avenue, in a spot longtime locals will remember as Sunshine Market. The shoebox grocery store carries a selection of organic and local produce, dairy products, charcuterie, pickles and preserves, fresh sourdough, and bulk dry goods and home cleaning solutions, plus a full coffee bar, deli case, baked goods (including vegan and gluten-free options), and Asian-inspired fare. At the deli counter, you can order a selection of lunch sandwiches. And under newly promoted head chef Jessica Tibbetts, the menu features options like cold peanut noodles ($12), a sushi rice bowl ($12), and Singaporean kaya toast (think sweet and savory: coconut jam and an egg your way, $9), inspired by the CIA grad’s travels through Asia. Sit and lunch in the back patio before heading next door for a cold beer from the microbrewery. 2 Jansen Avenue, Kingston | Instagram.com/villagegroceryandrefillery
It doesn’t take many trips to Newburgh to recognize that Liberty Street is a veritable corridor of dining opportunities, from Korean to New American fare, cafes to pubs. In May, Toasted Newburgh, a new lunch spot opened, dishing up wholesome soups, salads, and sandwiches to brighten your mid-day meal. For something light and summery, try the caprese with basil pesto and fresh basil, fresh mozz, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and a balsamic vinegar glaze on a toasted ciabatta ($13). There’s a grilled chicken sandwich with hummus and red cabbage slaw ($14) as well as a fried oyster mushroom sammy with sriracha mayo and pickles for the vegetarians ($13). Soup may not sound like a hot-weather food, but the homemade chilled gazpacho is a classic Spanish summer treat. On the salad side, we’re digging the snow pea and pancetta offering, with mint and pecorino cheese dressed with a lemon vinaigrette ($13). There are a couple of bistro tables out front, or dine inside, where exposed brick and Edison bulbs give the space a warm glow. 45 Liberty Street, Newburgh | Toastednewburgh.com
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While the concept of tapas, or “small plates” in English, has certainly caught on in the Hudson Valley, few places are sticking to the Spanish culinary origins. At Wappingers Falls’s newest restaurant, Austin and Danielle Flores build on the success of their four food trucks with a brick-and-mortar. At Flores Tapas Bar you can mix and match a meal of shareable, authentic Spanish dishes like Iberian jamon and cheese ($22), Spanish olives ($9), croquetas ($12), paella ($22-32), gambas al ajillo (sauteed garlic shrimp, $16), pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus, $18). If you’re having trouble deciding, go all in with the Flores Experience ($68), the chef’s selection of seasonal dishes, classic tapas, and jamon. There’s also a multinational brunch menu with eggs all ways—benedict, huevos rancheros, Spanish tortilla—plus sangria and mimosas to wash it down. 1659 Route 9, Wappingers Falls | Florestapasbar.com —Marie Doyon
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NESTING, BY CHANCE AND DESIGN
WRITER AMBER WINICK’S ROLLS THE DICE IN CROTON-ON-HUDSON By Mary Angeles Armstrong Photos by Winona Barton Ballentine
mber Winick is about to roll double sixes. The author and design historian has spent her professional life thinking about domestic space—most recently, studying the intersection of design and motherhood. In order to balance her burgeoning professional career with her role as a mother at the center of an actual domestic space, Winick has developed a philosophy she sums up with a word: Aleatory. “It literally means ‘depending on the throw of the dice,’” explains the mother of two. An adjective derived from the words for “dice” and “dice player,” it refers to actions determined by chance and characterized by flexibility. It’s a concept adopted by European classical composers and other artists who used chance to determine their work. “Aleatory, by nature, is determinable by chance, and when I think about my style in home, fashion, and even my life trajectory—I definitely feel close to this concept.” It’s an approach Winick likens to the Japanese idea of wabi-sabi—that is, appreciating beauty that’s imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete in nature. “For practical as well as philosophical reasons, I try to embrace the beautiful chaos, as well as the incomplete and constantly shifting 22 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 6/21
nature of my home, a place that I share with children, a dog, and a partner. Rather than reaching a static sense of ‘finished,’ I try to see my home as an ever-evolving setting for us all to be and connect in,” she says. Initially, it may seem odd comparing a game of chance to domestic life, but anyone—parent or no—enmeshed in family life understands human nature can be as capricious as any roll of the dice. And the philosophy does seem to be working for Winick. The village home she shares with her growing family is deceptively down-to-earth— sweet, charming, and uncluttered. Set in a cul-desac lush with flowering trees and neighborhood gardens, offering flashes of the nearby Hudson through branches and over rooftops, the 100-year-old home sits on just under an acre of hillside. Although simple in design, all the elements of the rambling 2,200-square-foot space have been carefully considered to allow Winick and her brood to fully embrace the evolving nature of family life. If one key to domestic equanimity is a fully engaged, happy family, the home’s interior arrangement is an example of how smart, human-centric design can be key to achieving that aim.
The village contemporary home Amber Winick shares with her husband Daniel Bloomberg and family sits on almost an acre and includes a garden apartment they utilize for out-of-town guests. “The area is special because it was a former artist colony—Isadora Duncan, Alexander Calder, and others are purported to have lived and worked on this hill,” says Winick, who also notes that the land was once the home of the Wappinger Munsee Lenape. “Being aware of this is the absolute minimum for our responsibilities as current inhabitants.” Opposite: Top: Winick, Bloomberg, and their daughters enjoying a meal on their backyard patio. “We also have a covered porch,” says Winick. “It’s our own outdoor living room and dining room and we use it as many days as the weather allows.” Bottom: The couple’s young daughters appreciate the outdoor spaces as well. “They are always playing and tinkering in their own outdoor houses,” says Winick. “I miss the city, but I relish the calm this area has brought me and a sense of connectedness with nature—I’m grateful my children will have that.”
In fact, it seems Winick’s aleatory approach is working for her across the board. In September, her project Designing Motherhood will be fully released to the wider public. A collaboration between Winick, writer and designer Michelle Millar Fisher, and the Philadelphia-based Maternity Care Coalition, the project engages multiple formats to explore the subject of design for reproduction, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum: “investigating over 80 designs—iconic, profound, archaic, titillating, emotionally charged, or just plain odd—that have defined the relationships between women and babies during the past century,” according to the project’s website. The release includes the publication of their book Designing Motherhood (MIT Press), concurrent exhibitions at the Mutter Museum and the Center for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, and a related design curriculum. According to the project’s website, September is also the due date for Winick’s third child. “It’s an incredible and unexpected confluence of so many of my personal and professional goals,” she explains. Two Become One While Winick’s work focuses on how design solutions can not only improve the experience of parents and children but sometimes completely revolutionize those experiences. To her, great home design begins not in a space or object, but rather in community. Originally from Miami, Winick attended school at Sarah Lawrence 6/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 23
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The children enjoying a calm moment in the home’s living room. The abstract painting is by Sam Schonzeit. Winick re-covered the family’s hand-me-down couch with Congolese textiles gifted from a friend, and decorated it with pillows from Hungary and Mexico and quilted pieces created by her mother-in-law.
College and then the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. After graduating with a degree in design history, decorative arts, and material culture, she decided to settle in New York City, where she met her husband, Daniel Bloomberg, a digital design consultant. After they had a child in Brooklyn, they decided they wanted to be close to extended family. “My husband’s family is in the Hudson Valley,” explains Winick. “And we were interested in having a multigenerational experience, with a thick sense of family around.” (Winick’s mother is soon relocating to the area from Miami as well.) In 2016, they decided to move to Croton-onHudson. A white, wood-clad, two-story home caught both their eye and their imagination. Situated on one of the oldest streets in the village, the 1920 home was built from materials left over from the construction of the nearby hand-hewn Croton Dam. “The lore is that the Italian stone masons and bricklayers who helped create the dam transported extra materials to help build homes in the area,” says Winick. The area’s history as a former artists’ colony also appealed to the couple, and Winick even felt a connection to the home’s very street. “Our street in particular was home to a Bauhaus weaver and puppeteer named Ethel Stein, who created the TV character Lamb Chop,” she says. “As a design historian, stories
like these definitely captivated me and lured me to the area.” The home needed some work, however, and initially Winick and Bloomberg attempted some of the renovation themselves. “When we moved in we had big dreams for all we could do with it,” says Winick. “But the reality is that we’ve had to improve slowly and strategically.” Previous owners had split the home into a duplex, with one half used as a dental practice and the other as a rental property. The couple began by removing a central dividing wall, integrating the two spaces into one three-bedroom, two-bath home with ample office space. At the rear of the house, Bloomberg removed a wall between two of the former dental offices to create a large, garden-facing writing studio for Winick. The space also doubles as an ad-hoc art studio and homework nook for the couple’s schoolaged daughters. Bloomberg converted a third dental office into a smaller work-from-home space for himself. He also added a skylight to what was once the dental office waiting room, converting the space into a play alcove for their children. Sitting at one end of the street-facing living and dining room, the space allows the children to be a part of the main living area while also having ownership of their own space. “It also allows me not to be helicoptering them all the time,” adds Winick. 6/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 25
Winick and Bloomberg converted what was once a dental office reception area into a light-filled play nook. The area can be easily separated from the rest of the house with safety gates—allowing the children full ownership of the space. Above the piano, a close-up photo by Airyka Rockefeller of a shoe shelf in Vilnius, Lithuania. On the adjacent wall is a cyanotype by Nellie Appleby.
The second-floor children’s bedroom showcases the home’s pine plank flooring. Winick found a second-hand dollhouse for her daughters and hung a painting by their paternal great grandmother Edith Horton—a Viennese refugee and prolific painter who died last year at the age of 99.
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ith the white-hot real estate market still going strong, you might think you don’t have to do anything more than list your home for sale to get multiple offers within hours. Even in this market, however, there are still some secrets to earning your spot as a savvy seller. For advice on how to get the most out of your home-selling process, we turned to Lisa Halter, owner of Woodstock and Kingston-based Halter Associates Realty, a top local real estate agency recently named a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
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In today’s competitive market, many buyers are looking for turnkey homes they can easily see themselves in without investing in a lot of repairs, says Halter. If your property is more in the fixer-upper category, factor that into your pricing and talk with your real estate professional about ways you can make the home more appealing to buyers.
Sell your story
Regardless of the condition of your home, it’s vital to ensure it has a great digital profile, says Halter. Many buyers judge a property solely based on the photos and description in your listing. Work with your real estate professional to tell a compelling story about the area you live in and the history of your property. The goal is to make the experience of living in your home feel special without a potential buyer ever stepping foot inside. Be sure to include small details that emphasize the work you’ve put into the property—like that lush garden you planted 10 years ago or the recent renovation that makes your bathroom feel like a spa.
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To help you approach your space with a fresh perspective, Halter advises sellers to consider hiring a professional stager. A stager is a designer skilled
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In a sellers’ market, it might be tempting to price your home aspirationally. Though many sellers over the last year have been receiving at least asking price for their homes, there are a lot of factors that need to go into your initial list price. It’s not just what your neighbor got for their house or what you think your home could sell for, says Halter. Experienced agents look at sales across the area, your home’s condition and square footage, accompanying acreage, and what the bank is likely to appraise it for. In a competitive market, you could end up getting an offer above asking price. If the appraisal falls short, someone will be expected to make up the difference, so it’s important to be judicious with pricing from the start and listen to the advice of your real estate professional.
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Though stories of waived buyer inspections abound, Halter advises both buyers and sellers against skipping this part of the process. She actually recommends sellers invest in a pre-inspection from a certified home inspector, which should cost you just a couple hundred dollars and will alert you to any unexpected issues. This gives you the opportunity to fix anything in the inspection report ahead of listing your home or accepting an offer, ensuring you and the buyer can sail smoothly through the entire sale. Halterassociatesrealty.com 6/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 31
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very day during New York City’s long pandemic year, Kathleen Sweeney would counterbalance a sense of fear and isolation by walking a block from her apartment and opening herself up to the beauty of nature in Fort Tryon Park. “I was tracking raptors, hawks, kestrels, and all kinds of birds, and these moments would awaken a sense of awe that was key to my resiliency,” says Sweeney, a multimedia artist and teacher of media studies at the New School. “It was a way of counteracting the dark forces of the news cycle, the daily death counts, and the sound of ambulances. The cultivation of awe was a remedy for me, and it became essential to my sense of wellbeing.” Bolstering her intuitive feeling that awe could heal, Sweeney followed the work of scientists like Dacher Keltner, psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and founding director of the Greater Good Science Center, who studies the psychophysiology of awe and other positive emotions. Sweeney knew that practicing awe brings tangible health benefits, including toning the vagus nerve—the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system, which can turn off the fight-or-flight stress reaction 32 HEALTH & WELLNESS CHRONOGRAM 6/21
and trigger our relaxation response. To intensify the effects, she combined her awe walks with a daily gratitude practice. “I was thankful for the park, the birds, the amazing flowers, and the fact that we lived in a place where people were wearing masks and protecting themselves,” she says. she also started documenting street art as a way to connect with the humanity and creative expression in the urban space. That, too, evoked awe, and she believes these practices helped her stay strong, regulate stress and grief, and maybe even avoid the virus while living in a hot spot. “This has been a year where slowing down has been foisted upon us, but it’s for our own good to really pay attention to our surroundings,” Sweeney says. “There were people who got deathly ill. And that’s part of the gratitude also— knowing that we’re here on this planet for a short time and this is our opportunity to tap in, open our eyes in a different way, and cultivate that connectivity to the beauty around us.”
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If there is one emotion that’s a panacea for our pandemic times, it’s awe. Scientists often describe awe as the tsunami of feeling we get— the sense of being taken aback—when we’re
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“prosocial” behaviors in people, such as generosity and compassion. In one study by Keltner, participants who were told to gaze at a grove of massive eucalyptus trees were more likely to help a passerby who dropped a handful of pens in the dirt moments later. The people in the control group, who were instructed to look at a building façade instead, were less likely to help the poor pen-dropper. Awe research is filled with dazzling moments like these, including studies of NASA astronauts who’ve been known to experience intense awe while looking at the Earth from outer space, a phenomenon known as the overview effect. But you don’t have to go to the moon to reap awe’s benefits, which can range from a boosted immune response to helping people reframe their troubles and feel more connected and adaptive. In the research landscape, Tugade has carved out a space for herself by studying the way positive emotions, including awe, can help fuel our resilience in the face of stress, anxiety, and other life challenges. “The theory that I’ve been working on is that positive emotions help you downregulate your negative experiences,” she says. In the lab, she and her students conduct experiments where they induce a negative emotion in participants by showing them a film that brings up fear or anxiety, or by having them engage in a real-life stressor such as giving a public speech. Then they see how awe helps the participants downregulate afterwards, perhaps by showing them a film filled with expansive nature imagery. “What we’ve found is that when you experience positive emotions after a stressful event, your physiological reactivity is regulated,” she says. “It brings you back to your baseline so you can have more effective problem-solving, and it actually broadens the scope of your attention.” One way awe does this is by deactivating the anterior cingulate cortex, which is the part of the brain that fires up when you’re under alarm. “When you’re feeling awe, you let go of your vigilance,” Tugade explains. That’s a good thing, because being in a constant state of high alert can exert wear and tear on your body. Awe also increases our capacity for accommodation, which is the psychological term for having greater flexibility in our strict cognitive structures. “You’re more likely to have greater agility in who you think you are,” she adds. “With respect to COVID, awe allows us to change our mindset about ourselves so we can adjust, adapt, and have greater strength to cope in times of threat and uncertainty like these.”
Finding Awe in the Everyday
For Chris Duffy, an LA-based comedian, writer, and host of the TED and PRX podcast “How to Be a Better Human,” awe has been a potent antidote to a two-year stretch of stressful life happenings. Family members were dealing with chronic, undefined health problems. The TV show he was writing for ended. And then the pandemic hit. He turned to awe as a way to avoid spiraling into anxiety and overthinking. “During quarantine, there weren’t many ways for me to get out and do something,” he recalls, “though outdoor swimming was still safe. I’d heard that you could take an awe walk, but I wondered, can you do an awe swim?”
Turns out, he could. Sometimes he went to an inspiring place like the beach, yet often he simply swam laps in the public pool. And he was able to find awe in both places. “I would try to deliberately find moments of, ‘It’s amazing that this can exist and I get to be in this moment.’ One way was to look at the way the light came through the water while I was swimming,” he says. “Just being able to see such a simple thing as the way a ray of light refracts through the water, and being present for that, I was able to have this sense of how lucky I was to be there.” Duffy made it a practice to awe-spot regularly, but only for a certain period of time. “It wouldn’t work for me to say, ‘I’m going to walk around all day cultivating awe and just be this raw, open nerve.’ Because then I’d end up getting frustrated. That’s a little too much awe for one person.” Practicing awe during a daily half-hour swim was enough to reset his mind and refill his cup, and he felt like he had more to give. “This is where it’s a little like crystals and burning sage, but I do think that loving feeling of experiencing awe and being grateful actually transfers to the people around you,” says Duffy. He also noticed benefits in his creative life. “As a comedian, I know it helps to keep that sense of childlike wonder and awe, because that’s what comedy is about. It’s saying, ‘Wait a second—can you believe this?’” And he credits awe with helping him unlock the ability to start new projects. “It’s a really useful way to get unstuck from thoughts like, ‘What if I’m not good enough?’ When I feel awe and this connection to something natural and powerful and beautiful, that makes me think, ‘Well, why not? Let me just try and see what happens.’”
Making Space for Astonishment
The connection between awe and creativity is a powerful one, and it’s something to which Natalie Nixon, a creativity strategist based in Philadelphia, has devoted a lot of thought. “I define creativity as toggling between wonder and rigor to solve problems,” says Nixon, whose book The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work (2020) has been named one of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas honorees. “Awe, along with curiosity, is a dimension of wonder—it’s visceral and rooted in the moment, and it takes us to another level of human experience.” Scientists like Tugade and Keltner say we should seek out experiences that give us goosebumps so we can harness awe’s benefits— such as an expanded sense of time and enhanced feelings of wellbeing, selflessness, and humility— and Nixon has ideas on how to do that. “Going through the five senses is one way that we can be more attuned to awe and trigger it in our daily lives,” she says. It can happen at her favorite Indian restaurant, when she takes the first bite of fragrant biryani (“I feel awe for all the dimensions and subtleties of flavor, cinnamon and cloves and cardamon; it’s this overwhelmingly simple yet magnificent experience”). Or listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, “Ode to Joy,” and feeling the swell of voices and strings transport her beyond herself, while also connecting her to all humanity. “Awe often depends on the element of surprise,” she says, “but we can create
“Awe allows us to change our mindset so we can adjust, adapt, and have greater strength to cope in times of threat and uncertainty.” —Michele Tugade, PhD environments in really simple ways for ourselves to be awe-inspired.” Some of us are simply more open to awe, and that’s lucky. “People who have either a greater propensity to awe, or those who experience more awe in their everyday lives, are the ones who demonstrate [awe’s benefits the most] on things like immune-system functioning,” says Tugade. But if it doesn’t come naturally, it can be nurtured. “You get better and better at cultivating these positive emotions, to the point where you’re more awake to the possibility of awe and wonder,” says Sweeney. Tugade suggests visiting masterpieces in a museum, paying attention to a great conversation, or doing a small act of kindness for someone, which will inspire a moment of awe in them as well as in you. As we step into a new phase of the pandemic, awe could be just the thing to help us downregulate from high alert to new normal, whatever that looks like. Expanding our sense of what’s possible, we find there’s more to our world than we thought we knew. Feeling small in the face of something vast, we realize it’s not just about us. That’s humbling yet incredibly freeing, too. RESOURCES Affective Science Laboratory at Vassar College Pages.vassar.edu/tugade Greater Good Science Center Greatergood.berkeley.edu Natalie Nixon Figure8thinking.com 6/21 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 35
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n May 2020, protests against racism, systemic injustice, and police brutality spread across the country. Around the same time, Oakwood Friends School put up a Black Lives Matter banner, which 18-year-old Mary Haddad often saw as she drove by. Haddad, who attends the DCC Bridge Program full-time and lives close to Oakwood, noticed that the banner was sometimes missing from its place. “It was going up and down, and I thought, ‘something smells fishy,’” she says. Soon after, she saw posts on social media about it being stolen, thrown in the woods, even burned. “I was frustrated and angry—I didn’t know how to react. I thought I’d try to create something to replace it,” Haddad says. It was supposed to be a solo project—but when she contacted Oakwood to find out if the spot was private property—they loved the idea. Elizabeth Phelps Meyer, Upper School art teacher at Oakwood Friends School, says, “It was good to know that local community members and youth pay attention and care about what is happening in their neighborhood, even if it is at a private school that might seem somewhat separated from them as public school students. I thought it was brave and remarkable that Mary reached out over that perceived distance to initiate a project and, just as importantly, new relationships between us as neighbors.” Phelps Meyer helped source materials, arrange times, and supervise space for the students to work on
what became the eight-by-twelve-foot mural now making its way across the Hudson Valley. This was around September 2020, and at the time, students like Oakwood senior Brandon Christiansen were growing more distressed than usual about the treatment of Black people in the country. He explains, “I was and still am stressed about the safety of my family, friends, and myself. The violence was getting more public, and it was very painful not being able to do much as a boarding student who was unable to go out to march with other protesters. Hearing about Mary’s plans for the mural was a massive relief to me.” Sophomore Jenine Tobias, a boarding student from New York City, says, “I thought from what I’d seen at Oakwood that the community outside would be the same. When the banner was taken, I figured it wasn’t everything I thought it would be. Then I saw people so eager to work on this mural, and I met other young people in the community with the same views—it felt great.” Since senior Ann PierreLouis, a boarding student from New Jersey, and student-clerk at Oakwood, hadn’t interacted too much with the community outside of the school, the burning of the banner was especially unsettling. “It’s one thing to take it down, but to bring a fire hazard and potentially hurt yourself and everyone. I hadn’t experienced the sort of extreme violence of this racist interaction in my four years here. The support I believed was around me just kind of came tumbling down,” she says. Meeting Haddad
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A YEAR OF OPPORTUNITIES For Clarkson University, the pandemic has opened the doors for greater collaboration and K-12 classroom support
rom the introduction of Zoom to the adoption of hybrid learning programs, the past year of the pandemic has rewritten the rules of the classroom. For educators at Clarkson, the doors were thrown open to plentiful opportunities, too. From the Hudson Valley to the North Country, the university continued to develop and enhance meaningful programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. “Prior to the pandemic a lot of our programming was geared to middle and high school students,” says Brigette Walsh, Assistant Director of Environmental Programs at Clarkson’s Beacon Institute, which is known for programs that promote environmental stewardship via the nearby Hudson River ecosystem. “By shifting to a virtual format, we were able to provide more programs for K-5, and connect and work with teachers in school districts we hadn’t worked with before.” Starting last year, Walsh virtually joined classrooms to educate students on topics like estuary ecosystems and adaptation with help from live animals that call the Institute home. Visits from native species like the Eastern Box Turtle, Painted Turtle, and Largemouth Bass as well as the non-native Blue Tongue Skink and Ball Python were a welcome break for teachers
and students alike. “Our feedback from teachers has often been lined with gratitude, hope, and excitement about future partnerships and field trips to Clarkson’s Dennings Point campus,” Walsh says. The wide-scale adoption of distance learning programs also strengthened the collaboration between Clarkson’s Beacon Institute and its Potsdam campus. Prior to the pandemic, the IMPETUS (Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM) for Career Success program, an academic mentoring program for students in grades 7-12, had been offered solely in the Potsdam area for over 20 years. When it went virtual last year, it was quickly extended to the Beacon City School District—seeding the ground for an offering that will be in place for years to come. The past year also spurred important changes for Clarkson’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a leading program in classroom education offered at Clarkson’s Capital Region Campus in Schenectady. The MAT program now offers certification in virtual learning, including how to smoothly shift course interaction and materials from the physical classroom to an online setting, and has been expanded to include specialization in business and marketing and computer science to meet
the pressing need for more teachers with skills in these growing sectors. “Schools are in high need for computer science teachers to teach students from kindergarten through grade 12,” says Catherine Snyder, Associate Professor, Education Chair and Associate Director of Clarkson’s Institute for STEM Education. “Computer Science teachers will play a vital role in preparing students for life after high school.” The MAT program’s yearlong classroom residency component, a vital mentorship opportunity for its students, was also able to continue to support teachers in more than 18 New York K-12 schools as they adapted their curriculums to virtual learning. The breadth of Clarkson’s programs and its longstanding commitment to STEM education has historically provided better access to quality, enriching, and engaging learning experiences. From outreach for elementary and secondary school through pedagogical support for higher education and vocational training, the university’s efforts over this school year have been instrumental in ensuring educational continuity for all. For more information, visit discover.clarkson.edu/ beacon. 6/21 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 39
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or Andy Imperati, it was the end of May when it finally sunk in—there would be no Dutchess County Fair in 2020. Imperati showed his first cow at the fair when he was eight years old and worked just about every job at the fairgrounds on his way to becoming CEO. The event is his life’s work. Calling it off was painful. “This fair is like coming home for a lot of people. Canceling it was depressing. It was heartbreaking,” Imperati says, emotion in his voice, less than a year later. “We were getting calls and condolence cards like someone had passed. It affected so many people.” Straddling the border between town and village, the fairgrounds is the rural heart of the county, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each spring and summer for a packed lineup of events, highlighted by the massive fair itself in August. Last year was to be the 175th anniversary of the fair. Imperati says plans for this year’s fair (August 24–29) are underway as though everything will be normal. When August rolls around, the fair will adjust to shifting federal and state regulations accordingly. In the meantime, the grounds hosted Barn Star’s Antiques Show over Memorial Day weekend, the first public event since the Sheep and Wool Festival of October 2019. Rhinebeck is a party town—a classy party town—with dozens of events throughout the year at the fairgrounds but also in the streets of the village, like the beloved Sinterklaas holiday celebration. So, the extroverted municipality was hit hard by the pandemic. Lockdown meant loss of revenue, yes, but it also entombed the community’s outgoing collective character. 40 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 6/21
The beer garden at Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market is a relaxed destination for beer lovers (and their kids).
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Jean Michel of Megabrain Comics & Arcade moved into a bigger shop just as the pandemic hit, but Megabrain made it through.
Rhinebeck Responds in Force After the onset of the pandemic, it didn’t take long for Rhinebeck’s citizens to gather themselves and begin working together to help vulnerable neighbors and businesses in an effort to cobble back together a recognizable simulacrum of their patented community spirit. Town and village government stepped in to quickly create safe outdoor dining and shopping options during the spring of 2020, but it was clear from the beginning of the pandemic that funds would need to be raised quickly to support individuals “outside the safety net” and businesses in crisis. Inspired by a similar startup aid organization in neighboring Red Hook, a group of Rhinebeck residents created Rhinebeck Responds to connect people who had means with those in need. It was anarchic at first, says Steering Committee Chair Mark Fuerst, with so many people wanting to help, but the group quickly gained nonprofit status and worked in tandem with town government to create a grant program through which struggling businesses could access up to $5,000. Another arm of the ad hoc organization focused its energy on supporting residents and families. They strategically gave to Hudson River Housing initiatives, school supply programs, and significantly funded a number of food drives and pantry programs. Fuerst was surprised to find there was little
precedent for a nonprofit designed to support businesses. COVID was creating a new kind of crisis but the community was coming up with working solutions on the fly. A veteran nonprofit media consultant, Fuerst says he was advised early on by a fundraising colleague to temper expectations and not publicly project that they would raise more than $15,000. To date they’ve raised over $260,000 and awarded over 30 business grants. “We created a vehicle by which people could help,” Fuerst says. “There were no restrictions on the grants. Much of the money was used by businesses to pay rent. It meant so much to people. It was emotionally important, not just financially. “Rhinebeck Responds is a little miracle,” Fuerst continues. “It didn’t have to happen. It didn’t have to work. I’m happy money got to people who needed it, especially those who wouldn’t have asked for help.”
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She acknowledged that some businesses have closed, but new ones are moving in. Face Stockholm’s Rhinebeck outpost closed, as did the Lucky Dragon restaurant, but in both cases, the owners are still in business elsewhere nearby. Face still operates its flagship in Hudson and Lucky Dragon was opened by Howard and Chris Jacobs, owners of The Amsterdam, a restaurant that pivoted to a take-out and market focus during the pandemic. At this point, everyone knows the plight of restaurants during the pandemic. Switching to takeout only, adjusting to limited indoor dining and a thousand other regulatory hoops greatly impacted beloved restaurants like The Amsterdam, Gigi Trattoria, Terrapin, Market Street, the Tavern at Beekman Arms, Foster’s Coach House, and many others. The adjustment was a little easier for more casual but equally delicious spots like Rhinebeck Bagels and Buns Burgers, but it was still a massive struggle. Almost every eatery had to close at one point or another due to COVID exposure. As soon as restaurants were allowed to reopen for outdoor dining the village put up concrete barriers along the street, sacrificing on-street parking for expanded outdoor dining as well as retail space for the village’s diverse shops like Haldora Clothing & Home, Winter Sun & Summer Moon, Paper Trail, Pegasus Footwear, Samuel’s Sweet Shop, and so many more that a
complete list would fill this article. “Outdoor dining and shopping was a lifesaving move,” says Village Mayor Gary Bassett. “The pandemic has also forced us to look at how we want things to be in the future. I’m excited to look at how we operate as a municipality with the lessons we’ve learned.” Bassett is also optimistic about the future due to the boom in real estate sales over the past year, as young families fleeing New York City have been settling in the town in droves. He added that the school district’s previously shrinking student population has risen 10 percent. “Families coming and investing in the area is wonderful, but I’ve always been concerned about affordable housing here and we are really going to have to take a hard look now,” says Bassett.
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Residents Rely on Literary Vacations When Rhinebeck residents couldn’t go out, they took to their books, and comic books, for escape. Jean Michel, co-owner of Megabrain Comics & Arcade, moved from a tiny shop on out-ofthe-way Garden Street to a super visible big storefront on Market Street in the middle of the village…three weeks before lockdown began. “It took the wind right out of us,” says Michel, who co-owns Megabrain with Brian Tanner. “We thought that was that, but after a while we saw it as an opportunity to build our online store. Then people went stir crazy and we were there 6/21 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 45
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for them. We actually did comic deliveries—and that sustained us.” The larger size of the new shop allows people to spread out, and putting the Board Room skate shop in the back has been a draw, as well as a way for the two businesses to share resources in tight times. “The village has really been just throwing spaghetti at the wall to try and see how we can get through this,” Michel adds. “Thankfully a lot stuck.” A local couple who are closely involved in a number of community projects, as well as being big-time Hollywood superstars, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Hillary Burton, strategically wielded their fame over the past year to draw attention and raise funds for Rhinebeck’s pandemic needs. Morgan, who stars on the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead,” signed hundreds of comic books about his zombie-slaying antihero that could only be purchased through Megabrain, bringing a spotlight and lots of sales to the shop. “That paid the rent for five or six months,” Michel recalls with gratitude. The couple also had Michel on their impromptu pandemic talk show on AMC, “Friday Night in with the Morgans.” “They said to me many times, we have this platform most don’t,” Michel recalled. “They used it to help a lot of people.” Like Michel, around the corner at Oblong Books and Music, owner Suzanna Hermans also saw increased interest as readers craved escape while society collapsed around them. From the start Oblong had a leg up with its preexisting online store, but it needed expansion,
and processing online orders takes longer than ringing up a live customer. Hermans says she and her employees have stuck together and “lived like nuns,” being super safe for the past year, protecting themselves and each other. “We’ve all been through so much,” Hermans says. “I feel like I’ve found out how strong I am as a business owner and a leader. None of us have been tested like this. People really looked to books for a place to escape.” Arts and Culture Hang On Nonprofits and arts venues in town, which rely on crowds, ticket sales, and fundraising, have been stymied during the pandemic but many continue to hang on. The beloved Upstate Films independent movie theater closed for months, screening some movies outside and only recently reopening at limited capacity. The Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts was able to adapt more quickly, taking advantage of their large property to put on socially distanced theater outside and hosting numerous online events. While they’ve made the best of it, and patrons have been generous with donations, the center’s box office revenue is down 75 percent, according to artistic director Kevin Archambault. “During our outdoor season, we kept really busy,” says Archambault. “It was important to all of us that we keep the arts thriving in the community.” When it started getting cold in October the center hosted drive-in movies. Around
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This is a rare 1742 Dutch stone house farmstead on 36 acres. 3 BR/2 BA home with original floors & exposed hand-hewn beams. New kitchen, Wolf gas range, new baths. Open living spaces, first floor master stuite, second floor wide open, loft space. Modern mechanicals, woodstove in living room & noise-canceling windows. Multi-purpose retreat with new, heated, saline 60’ x 18’ pool, dining patio, firepit, dog run & raised bed gardens. Dairy building is now a gym. Even larger industrial barn with much potential. Awe-inspiring renovated silo, mostly cleared rural acres with pond, stone walls & trails in New Baltimore.
89 Broadway Kingston NY 12401 t: 845.331.3100
❚ Emily Iason 914.671.4097 ❚ David Ludwig 917.365.1894
Contemporary Red Hook Retreat $1,550,000 The DeWitt Oak Hill Freshly renovated 4 BR/2.5 BA on 7+ acres in Clermont. Covered front porch, light-filled home. Pristine kitchen with large island, modern farmhouse fixtures & open concept shelving. Double height living room with stone FP & exposed beams. Open dining room, office, laundry withbuilt-in lockers off garage entrance. Sun room with woodstove. Main level private primary suite, 3-car garage with gym above. Back deck leads to inground pool & fire pit and looks out over a beautiful pond surrounded by stone walls and fields replete with wildlife.
❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906
5 BR/5.5 BA home built in 1865 on the banks of Catskill Creek. Original woodwork & finishes yet completely renovated. 2-story Great Room with balcony, huge chef’s kitchen, living & dining rooms, den, bedrooms with ensuite baths & 3 bonus rooms. Stylish fully equipped bar for entertaining & lovely backyard w/ creek frontage Perfect as a private home, gallery, store or B & B—live in the 1st floor apt. while hosting the rest of the house. This grand home in Durham has hosted weddings, celebrations, and corporate retreats—your imagination is the limit. Move-in ready!
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$818,000 Country Craftsman
Spacious 3 BR/3 BA custom-built contemporary farmhouse on 25+ acres bordering Roeliff Jansen Kill in Clermont. 2900 sf home offers option of one-floor living. Gourmet kitchen, open floor plan, beautiful granite. Light-filled dining space with access to back deck which overlooks the water & back field. Master wing with privacy & quiet enjoyment, guest room & 2nd bath round on main floor. Upstairs is perfect for private guest quarters with oversized bedroom, sitting room and bath. Beautiful light-filled basement ready for finishing.
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❚ Tracy Dober 845.399.6715
Absolute privacy & quiet, hilltop 4 BR/2.5 BA home in New Baltimore w/ far-reaching mountain views from every room. Drenched in light, 1st floor open plan w/ wood-burning Vermont stove. High-end Miele kitchen, quartzite counter tops, whole house integrated sound system & home office. Primary BR w/ ensuite bath & highest views in the house. Easy maintenance & cost efficient: fully insulated, advanced technology geothermal heat & A/C. Spacious unfinished lower level, 2-bay garage. 2.76 acres, deck, patio, exterior FP.
❚ David Ludwig 917.365.1894
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Outdoor dining at Cinnamon Indian restaurant
Linda Stanley leads a tour at Wilderstein Historic Site.
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Christmas they kept a 15-year tradition alive by staging “A Christmas Carol” on their loading dock. While performers froze their tights off, the appreciative audience watched from the warmth of their cars, tuning in to live audio through their radios and honking horns instead of clapping. On May 16, they reopen their outdoor stage with “As You Like It.” With current restrictions, they will be able to seat 200 patrons on the lawn, up from just 50 last season. At the majestic Wilderstein Historic Site, Executive Director Gregory J. Sokaris says that while online exhibitions and outdoor tours were successful, it’s certainly been a challenging year for organizations like theirs. Fundraising is much harder when you can’t throw yearly galas. Wilderstein in particular is known for throwing quirky and inventive parties, which often involve themes and costumes. Last year’s event was sorely missed. “We’ve kept the grounds open in a limited way, we’ve put safety protocols in place. It hasn’t been the same. We are here for the public, so not being able to let people in is hard,” says Sokaris. Rhinebeck was vibrant before the pandemic. It was easy to miss all the idiosyncratic little details that made it hum. COVID turned down the fidelity and muted the town’s dynamic personality. Now it’s getting hot, and the streets are alive again. It feels like the volume has been cranked back up. Despite trauma and tragedy, it’s evident that the community’s quick, instinctive response not only preserved the cultural details that made Rhinebeck a draw but brought them into bright relief.
THE VOICE OF A VILLAGE M
aureen Missner, co-owner of Paper Trail, a destination for fine paper goods and gifts in Rhinebeck, always knew the village’s business owners had something precious to share. “I’ve had my business for 17 years, but I’ve lived here for 30, and I’ve always found whatever I needed right here,” says Missner. “If we can get you here, the village just sells itself.” Over 10 years ago, Missner teamed up with the owners of Samuel’s Sweet Shop, the Rhinebeck Department Store, and Winter Sun & Summer Moon to create EnjoyRhinebeck with the goal to market the historic, postcard-pretty village with one clear, community-focused voice. The team of business owners quickly got to work uniting all the brickand-mortar establishments in the effort—from retailers and restaurants to galleries and yoga studios. Today, EnjoyRhinebeck produces a brochure that includes a map and directory of businesses that is distributed locally and in all shipped orders from participating businesses. Extra funds generated by the endeavor go to support the village’s nonprofits, including Upstate Films, the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, and the annual Sinterklaas
HOW ENJOYRHINEBECK CELEBRATES AND SUPPORTS THE LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Festival. The team also creates group advertising and runs the Enjoy Rhinebeck website—a community resource that became instrumental during the pandemic. “We set it up so one click can take you to a member’s online shopping or food ordering page,” says Missner. “And we came together around safety, early and proactively. The village helped out with signage and put up barriers to make outdoor dining space—it felt like Europe, all the tables with umbrellas and bright colors everywhere.” Over the last year, EnjoyRhinebeck’s combined efforts and strong community bonds have provided a resilience that led to a quick resurgence. “A lot of people did amazingly well once the shutdown ended even with all the protocols in place. Together we created an atmosphere of safety,” Missner says. “Because of that there’s been inspiring growth in Rhinebeck. We have five new restaurants, five new retail stores, and several new galleries. EnjoyRhinebeck has been a labor of love all along, and it felt like it proved its worth when we needed each other most.” Enjoyrhinebeck.com 6/21 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 49
music The Big Takeover Spilling Water (Big Takeover Productions) Bigtakeoverband.com
As in many sectors of life, our COVID era forced a kind of suspended animation onto the world of music, with more than a year’s worth of cancelled live shows and delayed releases. From New Paltz-based sextet the Big Takeover’s fifth full-length release have been trickling out in the form of singles since late 2019. Arriving on New Year’s Day, 2021, Spilling Water’s baker’s dozen tracks are an affirmation of the band’s strengths. Riding on Jamaican-born singer Nee Nee Rushie’s confident and dynamic lead vocals, the band seamlessly blends the genres of reggae, ska, rocksteady, and retro American rhythm and blues. Among the many high-energy, horn-driven songs, one of the slower numbers stands out. “The Beach” begins with a sample of crooning seagulls and envelops the listener in a spacious, reverbed soundscape. Rushie soulfully sings, “Could this be for real / Or am I swimming in a dream / Will someone wake me up?” The title track features the funky backbeat of Manuel Quintana (drums/percussion), punctuated by the equally percussive horn section of Chase Montrose (saxophone) and Andrew Vogt (trombone). The featured single, “Shy,” has the jaunty confidence and layered, ringing production values of a classic mid-’60s Motown track. Garnering enthusiastic reaction from their live shows, the band has held their own while sharing stages with legends such as Toots and the Maytals, the Wailers, and the Skatalites. Spilling Water will prime long-time fans and newcomers for the day these songs can be heard live and loud! —Jeremy Schwartz
David Rothenberg Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what albums they’ve been digging.
So much great music has been made during the pandemic. Cymin Samawatie’s fantastic global Trickster Orchestra from Berlin; Pharoah Sanders’s unexpected Promises with the British producer Floating Points and the London Symphony; Kassa Overall’s Visible Walls; with many star collaborators, a new album from our poet laureate Joy Harjo, who also plays a mean saxophone, I Pray for My Enemies; and very different new versions of Arvo Pärt on guitar by Pat Metheny and Derek Gripper. Not to mention Joel Harrison’s fabulous book of interviews with guitarists, about to come out, Guitar Talk. David Rothenberg’s album In the Wake of Memories came out in 2020 from the Hudson Valley’s own Clermont Records. His latest release is From This World, Another, a book and album with Stephen Nachmanovitch. He has a story on whale music in the May issue of National Geographic, and in June he will be out again playing live with cicadas, but this time in New Jersey and Maryland. Davidrothenberg.net
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Franco Ambrosetti Band Lost Within You Unitrecords.com
For Lost Within You Swiss-born trumpeter and flugelhornist Franco Ambrosetti is joined by a to-die-for band that includes several Hudson Valley jazz greats among its members: guitarist John Scofield, pianists Rene Rosnes and Uri Caine, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, who here makes a rare appearance on piano for the Horace Silver composition “Peace.” That hard bop gem is one of the cache of standards inhabited by the all-star musical grouping during this sumptuous, slow-simmering set. But amid reliably gorgeous interpretations of “Body and Soul,” “Flamenco Sketches,” and the like lie worthy Ambrosetti originals; in “Dreams of a Butterfly,” Caine’s keys unfold like the namesake creature’s wings before the tune takes flight via DeJohnette and Colley’s softly bubbling grooves and the leader’s graceful, gliding lines. True to its title, this is an album to get lost within, repeatedly. —Peter Aaron
Future One Lost Mighway
Futureone.bandcamp.com I’m tempted to call Peekskill’s Paul J Magliari’s project Future One’s Lost Mighway album “polymath pop.” It manages to somehow feel like Genesis listened to lots of Squeeze and became a one-man band. Stranger things have happened, right? “A Great Day” starts things out with dry humor, narrative twists and turns, and a very memorable hook. There is even a bit of surf or Roy Orbison-style winsome guitar over strummed chord bedding here and there, a false laconic ease coexisting with very sharp wit. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Wayne Warnecke at Peaceful Waters Music, the album has plenty of warmth but isn’t overly polished at the expense of these terrific songs’ arrangements. “Fantasy” is another terrific highlight that reminds me a bit of ’80s George Harrison and boldly underscores a sophisticated awareness of layered melody while wielding rock history with profound ease. —Morgan Y. Evans
books The First Ten Years Meg Bashwiner and Joseph Fink HARPER PERENNIAL, $12.29, 2021
Part-time Rhinebeck residents Meg Bashwinner and Joseph Fink––who is the creator of the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale”––chronicle the first 10 years of their relationship in their joint memoir. In 2009, Fink, a new resident of New York City, and aspiring playwright and performer Bashwiner both found themselves selling tickets in a theater company’s box office in the East Village. They tell the story of their blooming friendship, first kiss, first breakup, marriage, and world tours together––taking the reader on a hilarious and emotional journey told from dual perspectives.
Sunny-Side Up Jacky Davis, Illustrated by Fiona Woodcock GREENWILLOW BOOKS, $17.23, 2021
Rosendale resident and coauthor of the Ladybug Girl series Jacky Davis tells an imaginative story of a girl who must decide what to do inside the house after her father says she can’t go outside because of the rain. The two problem-solve and get creative together in order to keep the day Sunny-Side Up with crafting, building, and baking. Award-winning illustrator Fiona Woodcock draws the girl’s indoor activities with vibrant colors to contrast the gloomy rain she illustrates outside the house.
Strange Creatures Phoebe North BALZER + BRAY, $15.99, 2021
When the world gets to be too much for siblings Annie and Jamie, they escape to Gumlea––the fantasy world located in the woods behind their home. Once Jamie goes to middle school, the brother and sister grow apart and don’t visit Gumlea anymore. But when Jamie goes missing, Annie believes he has somehow entered Gumlea and she is the only one who can bring him back. On her journey for answers, she develops an unexpected relationship with a girl and grapples with just how much she is willing to lose in order to find Jamie. This emotional coming-of-age novel is set in a town loosely based on Rosendale.
For All the People Michael Slaby DISRUPTION BOOKS, $16.80, 2021
Slaby, a Rhinebeck resident and leader in digital communication and grassroots political campaigns, tells how the modern media has catalyzed a technological revolution for profit, rather than a more engaged civic life. As chief technology officer for Obama’s presidential campaigns, Slaby witnessed an intense rift within the nation, and in For All the People (subtitle: “Redeeming the Broken Promises of Modern Media and Reclaiming Our Civic Life”) he offers four areas in which people can reclaim their democracy through technology—platforms, government institutions, corporations, and the users themselves.
Before Stonewall Edward M. Cohen AWST PRESS, $24, 2021
In his collection Before Stonewall, parttime New Paltz resident Edward M. Cohen tells the compelling stories of a generation of young homosexual men in the New York City theater scene during the mid-20th century who grappled with the fear of revealing their true identities before the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. These actors find a safe place in the theater and struggle with the fear of being exiled, arrested, and assaulted for their homosexuality. —Diana Testa
The Great Mistake Jonathan Lee
KNOPF, 2021, $25.95 On the afternoon of Friday, November 13, 1903, Andrew Haswell Green—the 83-year-old father of New York City landmarks like Central Park, the New York Public Library, Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art— was shot dead on Park Avenue. And so goes the sensational inciting incident of recent Hudson Valley transplant Jonathan Lee’s newest novel, The Great Mistake. Weaving together two timelines, the novel explores Andrew Haswell Green’s rich biography and the murder investigation following his very public death. In his ambitious historical reimagining, Lee has created a remarkable portrait of a man, the city he changed, and his oft-forgotten legacy. Growing up on a Massachusetts farm, Green always seemed like the black sheep of his once-wealthy, now-indebted family. (“His family feared he might one day succumb to the catastrophe of being a poet,” Lee writes.) Left unmoored by his mother’s death, Green must deal with his father’s casual cruelty and overbearing scrutiny. When his father sends him to New York City on an apprenticeship at a shop, Green meets Samuel J. Tilden—the future New York governor and Democratic presidential candidate—and his life changes forever. Their lifelong friendship (which blurred the boundaries of acceptability for its time) is sketched with tenderness and care. In the years that follow, Green’s life is upended time and time again. When a rumor causes him to leave New York, he shamefully returns to his family’s farm before leaving to work in Trinidad. Transformed inside and out, and bearing his middle name, Green returns to the city with a newfound desire to conquer New York. Armed with wit, ingenuity, and help from Tilden, he begins to craft the life he’s always wanted—and, in his capable hands, New York begins to change as well. As the city mourns one of its preeminent civic heroes, Inspector McClusky sets out to solve the mystery: Was Andrew Haswell Green the target, or was this a case of mistaken identity? From sprawling Central Park to the doorstep of Bessie Davis, a wealthy, Black brothel owner, McClusky’s investigation leads him across a richly drawn turn-of-the-century New York. In the end, the slowly unfolding whodunit (or, rather, whydunit), matters less than the sum of Green’s life. With humor and heart, Lee meditates on everything from ambition (“He was a budding lawyer heading to great places, turning his head toward high society as a flower does to the sun”); to memory (“the event of her death took on the specter of a tiny myth, a world of perspectives without a stable center”); to the city itself (“New York is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel”). In fact, there’s nary a page without a pitch-perfect observation or insight. Though the novel begins with a literal bang, its greatest strength is in its quiet cataloging of a life. In The Great Mistake, Lee shines a brilliant spotlight on a man whose life never loomed as large as his unforgettable work—until now. —Carolyn Quimby 6/21 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 51
EDITED BY Phillip X Levine
Almost Six Is a Good Age
Money. Some say useless Some say useful. I say OK. But it can be both. Why do we Pay with it? Can’t we just Use paper? It’s the same thing. Well, don’t ask me. I’m just The one writing this poem. It works sometimes, but not Always. So, think before you Use it. Be wise. Now, before I’m done writing, a question: If money rained from the sky, Would you take as much as You can? I don’t know. That’s All. Now, do you say useless? Or useful? Answer, but remember, I’m just writing this poem.
With growing gusto The budding thespian Enters stage emulating A magical nanny or frozen princess.
—Uma Manon Bardfield (9 years old)
Now That It Is Safe to Go Outside
Polished poses and perfect pitch Convey confidence and expert mimicry To her adoring audience Followed by bows and applause. Then she dashes off to design Lego legacies, blanket forts or farms, Gourmet cafes, or illustrated books— All with mastery and mirth. Once observer, now reborn As swimmer, biker, hiker, And jungle gym enthusiast With new goals each day. She knows who she is And proves it proudly By reading or signing Her name in script.
The contractors both my neighbors hired may try to talk at me and what to do
then? Play normal? I have spent these solitary days cataloguing the cotton candy no one
knows inside me. I try to get the gunk out but it is sticky! Gigantic pink globules! Therapy says all is okay in moderation– or is that a nutritional idiom? Look, loneliness drives toxicity to confession. I polluted air around me for years and now you want me to open my door to the world? —James Croal Jackson Tornado, High Falls From the sound, it might have been a train coming if a train came there riding the sky like rails trains follow. While a canal once went through the center of the hamlet, no trains did, and this sound was coming straight for them in a sky dark as smoke black with burning oil. They thought it odd until they remembered stories of the sound tornadoes make, when they rushed to the basement to wait. The storm passed. The sky cleared. The next day they saw online the video someone posted of the funnel cloud forming, no sound. —Matthew J. Spireng
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In the shanty hut of memory I put down my things. Prepare tea, a bowl of grain. Arrange my space into same order. Kitchen. Bedroom. Bathroom. Den. A small room for secrets. My desk skewing east. Bed aligned. Shoes missing. Fork misplaced. —Mike Jurkovic Hair I swallowed one of your hairs Yesterday It’s still stuck In my throat Along with my shame Come close While I tie the red bandana Around your beautiful neck
In our March poetry pages, we published the poem G*psyGap. In hindsight, this was a mistake. The term G*psy is considered a racial slur by a large percentage of Roma people and neither I nor Chronogram want, in any way, to perpetuate any racial stereotype. My sincere apology for being ignorant and insensitive on this issue. —Phillip X Levine
A Jog in Georgia On that day, he went for a jog Around a neighborhood in Brunswick He was an athlete, played football Makes sense to see him running Ahmaud made his way through What looked to be a nice area Shaded by a tunnel of Bright green leaves that Embraced the bend of the road But then followed a couple of white men Pulled in front of him in their Big white pickup With the old man in the bed And his kid behind the wheel The son steps out To aim his shotgun at the young man In what they called a “citizen’s arrest” Of a young black man jogging And Ahmaud fought He ran towards the son POP He fought with and pushed the son POP He reached to push his gun away POP Then he stumbled And fell where he took his Last breath. And the blood remains on the hands Of not only those two men But of this white america And all who refuse to relieve Black Americans Of this society who rejects them, Of these chains that bind them, And of these men that kill them. —Jackson Fedro
—Riggs Aloha Wet Painting
A hook on the back You need a ring on the wall Then hang it to dry
The story of a sensitive soul Chapter 1 Ouch The end
—Ze’ev Willy Neumann
—Jana Full submission guidelines: Chronogram.com/submissions
Corset Tight like a hanging noose, it constricts, narrows, binds me; restrictive rivers flow to eyelets, quickly threaded as blood letting— holding me firm: suffocating slowly, by infinitesimal degrees— catching breath, barely noticing. Etiquette is laced through ivory loopholes, stitching decorum into veins— channeling expectation in blanched hands where servants pull with force as I cling to bed pillars, trying not to topple like a splintered spinning top. Each whale bone etches nooks forming cavities of me— I’m hollowing like a bird’s bones: light, but tethered, grounded as a falconer’s eagle. I prance on glued fingertips. I fly only on circuited routes, promenade stifling ballrooms; Victorian parks— tiring of monochrome scenery: my future spins past, hazy-slow, blinkered like a cuckold. Courtiers knock, deliver flowers— await my corseted tread; the corset tightens as it thrusts my innards closer— creating a desired hourglass figure. I’m a living ornament with porcelain heels, click-clacking to performed timing. Or am I a mermaid in a jar? Barely buoyant. My iridescent colors bleed down prison walls, streaking transparency with a held flag of surrender— slightly tainted, like me, adding a multi-hued rebellion like trickling blood… from Parisian guillotines. Marriage knocks loudly, while my corset weeps satiating the held bones that crush, crunch my ribs. This time it’s tighter, sucking me in like a vacuum creating cavernous holes – like an unseeded fruit.
A Nightingale Doesn’t Belong in the Hudson Valley I stand, coerced to say “I do” while whale bones knit a smaller waist, holding me together like shapeless pottery. I’m a shattered mosaic with rogue symmetries— dissonant, kinked patterns. He looks into my eyes as my corset sighs, exhaling sorrow in plentiful gasps. I hear transitory whispers as the bones web, concealing a locked (corseted) heart. —Emma Wells
Economics 101 I suppose I’ve always looked like someone who would buy a bridge. All my life, I’ve bought the bridge, and I still don’t own one. —Cliff Henderson
Newburgh, 1782 The autumn air breeze paves the path that winters whispers will soon freeze. —Michael Montali
Derek Chauvin’s American Knee is the bullet that killed Trayvon Martin is the chokehold that killed Eric Garner is the bullet that killed Fred Hampton is the bullet that killed Medgar Evers is the slaughter at Attica is the bomb dropped on the Move building is the bomb in the Birmingham church is the Tulsa Massacre is the Tuskeegee study is the lynching noose is the slave catcher’s manacles is the slave master’s whip —Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes
I am afraid I will never again hear you sing. A nightingale doesn’t belong in the Hudson Valley and I have seen other birds with clipped wings. Your whistling aria reminds me of Being Alive. We are what happens when two galaxies collide. I am grateful for hearing you sing. I know the grief that letting-go brings, but a nightingale will die in captivity rather than live with broken wings. If I fall and break my arm, I’ll wear a sling. Some things are unavoidable, like gravity, but for now I just want to hear you sing. I feel time’s grip around us tightening. The Phantom whispers under the melody, freely given, I say this with mended wing I love you, so I know this will sting— But nightingales don’t belong in the Hudson Valley. Though I may never again hear you sing, I’ll never have to see you with clipped wings. —Addison Jeffries Granny The great grooves of a life long-lived burrow deeper when she smiles. She smiles at childhood memories chasing the mountains of West Virginia. West Virginia where she first learned to make her famous white gravy and biscuits. White gravy—a family favorite— would gather her children and their children. Their children the joyful beasts that kept the glint in her eye. The glint in her eye first placed there by her loving husband, the carpenter. Her carpenter, their children and their children, all of her memories the foundation of the great grooves. The great grooves of a life long-lived that burrow deeper no more —Amberae Miller Local News I have nothing to talk about except the birds, the usual crew that visits the feeder every day— so today’s 7 am news— The thieving squirrel, aggressive starlings, sparrows and juncos, house finches and goldfinches are here again for the seeds, the suet. But oh my, will you look at that— a large woodpecker, bright red head, beak long and elegant. —Joanne Grumet 6/21 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 53
30thCCSBard 30 CCSBard anniversary With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College 6.26 – 11.28.2021
Exhibitions are free and open to the public with advance reservation only: ccs.bard.edu
Neda Alhilali Susan Michod Emma Amos Ree Morton Ralph Bacerra Judy Pfaff Tony Bechara Howardena Pindell Lynda Benglis Faith Ringgold Billy Al Bengston Tony Robbin Cynthia Carlson Sandra Sallin Lia Cook Lucas Samaras Brad Davis Miriam Schapiro Merion Estes Dee Shapiro Sam Gilliam Kendall Shaw Tina Girouard Alan Shields Nancy Graves Arlene Slavin Mary Grigoriadis Sylvia Sleigh Diane Itter Ned Smyth Valerie Jaudon Frank Stella Jane Kaufman Franklin Williams Joyce Kozloff William T. Williams Robert Kushner Betty Woodman Pat Lasch Takako Yamaguchi Al Loving Robert Zakanitch Kim MacConnel Barbara Zucker Constance Mallinson
Organized by Anna Katz, Curator, with Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Lead support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Henry Luce Foundation. Major support is provided by MOCA Projects Council and the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Additional support is provided by Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation, Helen N. Lewis and Marvin B. Meyer Charitable Fund in Loving Memory of Marvin B. Meyer, and Thomas Solomon and Kimberly Mascola. Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with major funding provided by The Offield Family Foundation and generous funding provided by Dr. Alexander and Judith Angerman, Earl and Shirley Greif Foundation, Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi, Steven and Beth PREVIEW Redmond, and Jonathan M. Segal through the Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation. Image caption: Robert Kushner, Fairies, Detail. Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel 54Jerri Nagelberg, SUMMER ARTS CHRONOGRAM 6/21 Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Photo by Chris Kendall.
Liz Wisan in Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2018 production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Photo by T. Charles Erickson
SPONSORED BY Barrington Stage Company 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts (413) 236-8888; BarringtonStageCo.org Award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield presenting top-notch musicals, masterful classics, and thought-provoking new work. Voted Best in the Berkshires 2017–2020 and BroadwayWorld's Theatre of the Decade.
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2021 SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
Performers at City Winery Hudson Valley this summer include: Amy Helm (July 4); 10,000 Maniacs (June 26); Jorma Kaukonen (July 25); and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (June 19)
Post-Pandemic Restart City Winery Hudson Valley Besides wreaking havoc on the world at large, the pandemic certainly put a damper on what would have been the 2020 summer opening of the area’s newest high-profile addition to its selection of fine music venues: City Winery Hudson Valley, which was forced to scrap its planned debut bookings last year. Fortunately, many of the artists originally set to appear at the venue then were able to be rescheduled for its Concerts in the Vineyard Series, which starts up this month. The concert series, which will be staged outdoors at the winery’s Montgomery location, blasts off with Tom Petty tribute band Damn the Torpedoes (June 6) and continues with Rhett Miller (June 13), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (June 19), Dar Williams (June 20), 10,000 Maniacs (June 26), Chris Thile (June 27), Amy Helm (July 4), Elton John cover band Early Elton (July 10), Joan Osborne (July 11), Brett 56 SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW CHRONOGRAM 6/21
Dennen (July 24), Jorma Kaukonen (July 25), Raul Malo (August 1), Martin Sexton (August 22), and the Weight, a tribute to The Band (September 1). At all of the shows and during regular dining and visiting hours, extensive precautions, including proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, will be required for entry. Other safety measures include mandatory contactless temperature checks and wellness screenings at the front door and seating in pods to ensure safe social distancing. All patrons will be required to wear a mask or face covering when entering and moving throughout public areas. “Admittedly, social distancing circles and masks didn’t figure into my original dream of hosting outdoor shows on this expansive and beautiful lawn surrounded by vineyards,” says City Winery’s Founder and CEO, Michael Dorf, whose franchise also includes venues in New York, Nashville, Chicago,
Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. “But these safety measures are part of our company’s hospitality practices, and we all embrace them. I am excited to have this opportunity to finally bring live music to the Hudson Valley and have fans fully experience our food and wine options.” Opened in the renovated site of the historic Montgomery Mills, the sustainability-minded, fully net-zero City Winery Hudson Valley is powered by hydroelectricity generated from its very own facility on the Wallkill River. “It feels good to emerge from this pandemic with an eye on being environmentally conscious moving forward,” says Dorf. “Musicians are excited to get back to live performances. Our venue can provide the opportunity to get bands back on stage, crews back to work, and people safely enjoying live music again.” Citywinery.com/hudsonvalley —Peter Aaron
Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Photo by Hilary Scott
Brassroots (July 24)
Downtown Peekskill Summer Music Series
Tanglewood (July 9-August 31)
This fast-rising new favorite at Seed Song Farm in Kingston celebrates the boisterous sounds of authentic brass band music. The lineup was still striking up at press time, so check its website for an updated listing. Brassrootsfestival.com
(Through September 6) This always-appetizing series brings live music and outdoor dining to the charming Westchester County town every Saturday and Sunday night until Labor Day. Check its Facebook page for acts and dates. Facebook. com/PeekskillSummerMusicSeries
The resident Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven with Emanuel Ax on piano (July 10); Sibelius and Dvorak with violinist Baiba Skride (July 11); Brahms with pianist Daniil Trifonov (July 17); and Mozart with pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen (July 18). John Williams co-conducts the world premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 2 by Anne-Sophie Mutter (July 24) and James Taylor closes the season (August 31). Bso.org
Caramoor (June 19-July 17) Held at the historic Rosen House in Katonah, Caramoor 2021 opens with a benefit concert by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and unfurls with dates by the PUBLIQuartet, Richard Goode, Natu Camara, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Callisto Quartet, Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash, Joan Osborne, and others. Caramoor.org
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Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
The beloved folk festival cofounded by Pete Seeger is going virtual for 2021. Performing under its banner online will be John McCutcheon, Tom Chapin, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Thomasina Winslow, Emma’s Revolution, Holly Near, Tom Paxton, and more. Clearwaterfestival.org
(August 27-29) Local and vocal, this gem arises again via live drive-in operatic performances at Tech City in Kingston. The parking-lot presentations include Verdi’s “Rigoletti” by the New York City Opera, Mascagni’s “L’amico Fritz,” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” featuring the Westchester Circus Arts troupe. Phoeniciavoicefest.org
Jams in the Hamlet (Through October 9) New to the landscape is this series at Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park. On its schedule are classical ensemble the Hudson Festival Players, the Hudson Valley Jazz Quartet, singer-songwriters Kerri Powers and Lisa and Lori Brigantino, children’s performers Brady Rymer and Claudia Mussen, and a community talent night during the town’s Pumpkin Festival. Facebook/jamsinthehamlet
Taking root for another season at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, FreshGrass promises Dispatch (Acoustic), Trombone Shorty, Bela Fleck, Watchouse (formerly Mandolin Orange), the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Watkins Family Hour, Noam Pikelny, and more. Massmoca.org
Unison Arts Outdoor Series (Through August 20) The open-air series at New Paltz’s reopened Unison boasts the Hudson Valley String Quartet, Gwen Laster, Gohar Vardanyan, Hubby Jenkins, Raina Sokolov, and additional attractions. Unisonarts.org
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (July 10-September 23) The site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel kicks off its summer-to-fall lineup with the Black Crowes, who are followed by Chicago, James Taylor with Jackson Browne, Chris Stapleton, and others. Bethelwoodscenter.org
Maverick Concerts (July 18-September 12) America’s oldest summer chamber music series comes back to its hall in the woods near Woodstock with classical and jazz by Fred Hersh, the Horzowksi Trio, the Miro String Quartet, the Christian Sands Trio, and the debuts of the Cavani String Quartet, the Tesla String Quartet, and the Manhattan Chamber Players, plus more. Maverickconcerts.org —Peter Aaron
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A Festival Within a Festival Bard Music Festival and Summerscape Within the scope of 20th century music, Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) stands as a kingmaker. Although she was a composer and a conductor herself, it’s her role as the teacher of others that has made her one of the most important and influential figures in Western culture. The diverse list of the French mentor’s students continues to be felt through their art and the art of those who have, in turn, been affected by them; among Boulanger’s pupils were Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Quincy Jones, Phillip Glass, Burt Bacharach, Elliott Carter, Michel Legrand, Astor Piazolla, Daniel Barenboim, Donald Byrd, and other giants. Given her impact as an educator, then, it’s poetically perfect for Boulanger to have been selected as the thematic figurehead of the educational incubator Bard College’s 31st annual Bard Music Festival and “festival within a festival,” SummerScape, which will take place between July 8 and August 15. “[Boulanger] has had more influence on the lineage of contemporary music than just about anyone,” says Bard Fisher Center Artistic Director Gideon Lester. “But because she was a woman and because the world is very sexist, she’s been neglected. For those reasons, [Bard College president] Leon Botstein felt it was
Clockwise from top: Mwenso & the Shakes. Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa Justin Vivian Bond. Photo by Kyle Kupres Norman Garrett as King Arthur. Photo by Maria Baranova
important that she be this year’s focus composer, and I certainly agree. She’s the first woman composer ever to be chosen for the program. It’s a major event.” Or to be precise, a series of events, presented in settings that are significantly different from those of Bard’s festivals gone by, in response to the pandemic that in 2020 saw the cancellation of the world-class music and arts celebration. Titled “Nadia Boulanger and Her World,” this year’s festival return will feature a curated selection of concerts, films, lectures, and dance, theater, and cabaret performances occurring not only in the main campus’s Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, but also online via UPSTREAMING, the center’s virtual service, and outdoors on its adjacent campus at historic Montgomery Place. Highlights include the first fully staged American production of “King Arthur (Le roi Arthus),” the only opera by Boulanger’s quasi-contemporary composer Ernest Chausson; the world premiere of “I was waiting for the echo of a better day,” a dance performance created by Fisher Center Choreographer-in-Residence Pam Tanowitz and Sphinx Medal of Excellence-winning composer Jessie Montgomery; “Most Happy” a concert of songs from
Frank Loesser’s musical “The Most Happy Fella” directed by Daniel Fish (the recent Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!”); the two-weekend “Black Roots Summer,” a celebration of Black roots music curated by Michael Mwenso and Jono Gasparro; and a special concert by cabaret favorite Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Shelved for 2021 is the iconic Spiegeltent, which due to its intimate size does not allow for adequate social distancing. But the magic of that circus-like festival fixture will nevertheless be in full effect, says Lester. “A positive result of the pandemic is that it’s led us to focus on presenting live music and other events outdoors, with the beautiful Hudson Valley as the backdrop,” he explains. “We’ve built a new stage at Montgomery Place, and the grounds there will be infused with all the panache and elegance that people associate with the Spiegeltent. That aspect is something I think we’ll have even more of in the future.” The Bard Music Festival and SummerScape’s “Nadia Boulanger and Her World” will take place in Annandaleon-Hudson from July 8 through August 15. Visit the Fisher Center’s website for a full schedule, tickets, and more information. Fishercenter.bard.edu —Peter Aaron 6/21 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 59
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Ghost of a Dream with their installation at Art Austerlitz.
Church of Art Art Austerlitz “I always wanted to become an inventor,” remarks photographic artist Liz Nielsen. In a sense, she got her wish. She creates photograms—direct exposures of light onto photographic paper, without a negative. By blocking off sections of the paper and using different wavelengths of light, Nielsen creates an abstract tapestry, which may resemble a mountain or a frozen lake or an upside-down owl. “There could be anywhere from four to 60 exposures of light on a single piece of paper,” she explains. Some of her techniques are unique to her studio. “Spooky Action,” a collection of her work, will appear at Art Austerlitz from June 5 to 27. Art Austerlitz is the brainchild of Ryan Turley, an artist who approached the Old Austerlitz Historical Society with the suggestion to transform an unused church into a contemporary art gallery. Last year was the initial show, but 2021 is the first full season, with monthly shows running through the end of September. All participating artists are from the Hudson Valley or the Berkshires; some are part-timers, some are natives. When an artist curates a show, it’s always either really weird or highly insightful. I can assure you that Turley’s current exhibition is the latter. So selfless is the curator that he does not include his own work in his schedule. (Turley makes colored drawings with dazzling geometric patterning.) 60 SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW CHRONOGRAM 6/21
The church is a simple wooden structure built in 1853 by an obscure denomination called the Christian Connexion (which happens to sound like a modern dating app). Painted white with mauve accents on the pews, the room seems to patiently await its congregation—the religious equivalent of a ghost ship. The only incongruous note is an elaborate bronze chandelier in the center of the ceiling, comprising 12 smaller lamps, originally kerosene. The numerous clear windows—some with wavy 19th-century panes—let in so much light that the art needs no special illumination. Every part of a church has a symbolic meaning: the vestibule, the nave, the aisle, the pulpit. Around the perimeter of the room, where the art hangs in this gallery, would traditionally be the Stations of the Cross. Nielsen plans to install a triptych on the altar. An irregular ring of sculptures—on view all summer— circles the church, including four by Bijan, an artist who creates iconic works in metal, which he displays at his sculpture park nearby, the Circle Museum. One work, 15 feet high, looks like a car bumper tied into a knot by a playful giant. Stuart Farmery supplied another four sculptures: roughhewn wooden pieces painted primary colors, resembling tribal percussion instruments. Martine Kaczynski makes casts, in silicone rubber, of colorful balls for children—not soccer balls or
basketballs, but spheres for four-year-olds to kick around. She plants them in unlikely locations around the property, so that few observers will guess that they’re artworks. A melancholy cast of a deflated ball reposes on the windowsill behind the modest church organ. Together, Kaczynski calls these pieces “Random Uncertainty.” Kate Skakel’s installation Murmurations began with several videos she shot in Rome two years ago, of a flock of starlings moving in one synchronized rippling mass. (A crowd of starlings is technically a “murmuration.”) Skakel fashioned approximately 500 rectangles of blue fabric, hung them from strings, and will project the videos on them in a darkened room. The fabric, slightly stiffened with glue, responds to the slightest air currents, fluttering like a bevy of birds. Murmurations will be shown in a barn across from the church from June 19 to July 25. Art Austerlitz has a new show each month. July and August are group exhibitions; September brings “Routines” by Dana Piazza: detailed drawings of imaginary handmade textiles. “Spooky Action” by Liz Nielsen will be at Art Austerlitz June 5-June 27. Exhibitions continue until September 26. Oldausterlitz.org/art-austerlitz —Sparrow
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Lesson #2 by EJ Hill, part of the exhibition “Feedback” at The School. Photo courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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“Feedback” at Jack Shainman’s Kinderhook megagallery is Helen Molesworth’s largest curatorial exercise since her time at LA MoCA, this exhibit explores where and how we learn (a theme in sync with The School’s history as a former schoolhouse). The premise is built around Janet Cardiff’s 2004 sculpture of the same name and will feature new and recent works by artists both in and outside of the gallery’s program, including Kerry James Marshall, Tyler Mitchell, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Lauren Halsey. Jackshainman.com
(June 26-June 1, 2022) Curated by Tal Beery, “Owning Earth” is an outdoor sculptural exhibition over seven acres at Unison Arts in New Paltz. The show consists of 19 artistic responses to systems of human domination over the environment and the urgent need to enact futures guided by mutuality and reverence. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public event series and educational programs. Artists include Emilie Houssart, Sam Spillman, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Alejandro Chellet, and Brooke Singer, among others. Unisonarts.org
Clark Art Institute (June 19-September 19) Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928) is renowned for his colorful works that capture his immediate surroundings in Western Norway, where he was born. Returning home in the early 20th century after an art education abroad, Astrup devoted himself to the landscapes of his youth and ancestry. Despite constant health struggles, Astrup created a vivid and singular body of work before his death in 1928 that has grown in stature in his native country. For the first time, it’s finally available to those in the US in the exhibit “Visions of Norway”—an opportunity to absorb an intimate inside view of the natural world contained there. Clarkart.edu
LABspace (July 10-August 30) A 1992 assignment for Spin magazine to shoot Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, shortly after the birth of their daughter Frances Bean is the focus of this show at LABspace in Hillsdale “Kurt & Courtney: Never-Before Seen Photos from the Collaborative Photography Duo Guzman.” Photographic collaborators Guzman— Constance Hansen and Russell Peacock—visually defined an era for those who came of age in the 1990s. Known for their work with famous musicians, the team began their career shooting Debbie Harry for her 1986 album Rockbird, and went on to capture names like Janet Jackson, Salt N Pepa, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, and many others. Labspaceart.blogspot.com
Storm King Art Center (Through November 8) The Hudson Valley art jewel is worth a visit any year for its permanent collection of work by Maya Lin, Mark di Suvero, and Andy Goldsworthy, and others. Three new installations this summer make it an essential trip in 2021. Rashid Johnson’s The Crisis is a pyramidal structure that looks part jungle gym, part rebar frame for an unfinished temple. Fallen Sky by Sarah Sze is a piece of polished stainless steel, 36 feet in diameter that looks, well, like the title suggests—a missing piece of the overhanging firmament. Martha Tuttle’s A stone that things of Enceladus comprises a series of humanmade stone stacks or cairns built of boulders gathered at Storm King, and molded glass and carved marble stones, which Tuttle made by hand during the winter and spring of 2020. The stones sit on top of and around large boulders across eight acres. Stormking.org
Olana State Historic Site and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (Through October 31) “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment,” a cross-site collaboration, brings together several prominent artists for the summer with outdoor installations inspiring environmental contemplation. Built around Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century hummingbird habitat paintings, “Cross Pollination” will feature additional work by Nick Cave, Maya Lin, Vik Muniz, and others. Of special note: Jean
Shin’s Fallen, on display at Olana, will focus on the demise of eastern hemlock trees using the remains of a 140-year old tree that died in 2020 as the center of the work. Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood’s Pollinator Pavilion at Thomas Cole, is both a sculpture and an avian thirst trap, designed to attract and sustain local pollinators, especially the ruby-throated hummingbird. The garden will exist within the pavilion, accompanied by paintings, the idea being that humans and pollinators will co-exist in the space. Hudsonriverskywalk.org/crosspollination
Bethel Woods (June 1-October 31) True to its rock and roll beginnings, Bethel Woods exhibition for the 2021 summer season is “Lights, Color, Fashion: Psychedelic Posters and Patterns of 1960s San Francisco.” The show features the San Francisco rock posters and fashion of collector Gary Westford. The collection highlights the kaleidoscopic years of 1964 to 1972, and features rock posters by all of the “Big Five” poster artists—Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, and Alton Kelley—as well as clothing of the period, ranging from designer to street fashion. Bethelwoodscenter.org
Upstate Art Weekend (August 27-29) Started last fall by Helen Toomer of Marbletown’s Stoneleaf Retreat art center, Upstate Art Weekend included more than 20 participating art centers, galleries, museums, pop-up exhibits, and other venues, including Storm King Art Center, Maggazino, Art Omi, Mother Gallery, and Elijah Wheat Showroom. Safe, selfdirected, and accessible, the happening is designed to connect art lovers with art and the outdoors. The second annual event, with more than 50 participants, makes its return August 27-29. New participants for 2021 include ArtPort Kingston, Dorsky Museum of Art, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and Fridman Gallery. Upstateartweekend.org —Brian K. Mahoney and John Seven 6/21 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 61
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Hungry March Band performing at Opus 40 in 2019. Photo by Caroline Crumpacker
Back to the Stone Age Opus 40 One could say that Opus 40, the sprawling, 6.5acre environmental stone sculpture in Saugerties begun in 1939 by the late Harvey Fite, is the Hudson Valley’s original socially distanced arts center. Called “one of the largest and most beguiling works of art on the entire continent” by Architectural Digest, Fite’s site has for decades offered an outstanding outdoor experience to those who visit to marvel at its maze-like earthworks and traverse its terraces, ramps, and walkways—all made from locally quarried stone. Opus 40 has also served as the captivating setting for a wide variety of seasonal performance events over the years, and for this summer the facility has risen to the moment by amping up its arts programming with a dazzling calendar of live entertainment. “In 2020, we were doing audiences of only 50 people,” says Caroline Crumpacker, Opus 40’s executive director. “For this season, to start with, we’re going to audiences of 100 people, which is a little lower than the current state mandate. But 62 SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW CHRONOGRAM 6/21
as long as the case numbers stay on their current trajectory with more people getting vaccinated, we’re expecting to raise it to 200 soon. All of the space here allows plenty of room for people to socially distance—you can easily have 100 feet between you and the next person and still enjoy the show.” Returning for 2021 is the popular Sunset Sessions concert series, which is cosponsored by Radio Woodstock (check website for dates). The weekly Stockade Sunday Cabarets pair live acts with cocktails prepared by Kingston’s Stockade Tavern and include engagements by the Duet (May 15, July 31), Mac & Cheeze Balkan Power Trio (May 22, June 12, July 3, August 21, September 18, October 2), the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (May 29, August 14, September 11), the Vanaver Caravan Musicians (July 17), and more. The Sweet Saturday Performance Series has Navatman Music and Dance troupe (July 17), Orchester Prazevica (August 7), Wind of Anatolia (September 4), and Spanglish Fly (October 16). The Sunday Afternoon Jazz and Folk Series
features the Hot Jazz Jumpers (July 11), Eric Person (August 1), the Swingaroos (August 22), and A Tree Grows with Don Byron (September 26). Another musical headliner of note is the American Symphony Orchestra, which will perform two evening concerts with its players set up on the sculpture itself (June 24, September 9). A major addition to Opus 40’s oeuvre for the new season is an outdoor sunset movie series presented in conjunction with Upstate Films (July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 16; see website for titles). Besides there being beverages on hand for all of the live events at Opus 40, there’ll be bespoke barbecue and other edible items available from local food truck Papa’s Best Batch to savor, and the center’s art gallery will display new works and host tours and openings during specified times. And, of course, the registered National Historic Place is perfect for small-group picnics during daytime hours. Opus40.org. —Peter Aaron
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Jacob’s Pillow (through August 29) Rising from the ashes of the fire that destroyed its Doris Duke Theatre, the Beckett, Massachusetts dance center has in-person events by Dorrance Dance (June 30-July 4), Ballet Hispanico (July 14-18), Brian Brooks/ Moving Company (July 21-25), Archie Burnett (July 28-August 1), Dallas Black Dance Theatre (August 4-8), Streb (August 18-22), and others. Jacobspillow.org
Hudson Valley Flamenco Festival (August 14-15) Copresented by the Vanaver Caravan, this fiery flamenco fiesta encompasses “Flamenco for Everyone” at Safe Harbors in Newburgh (August 14 at 11:30am); “Andreas Arnold: An Evening of Flamenco Guitar” at Unison Arts in New Paltz (August 14 at 6pm); and “Flamencos in the Wild” at Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner (August 15 at 6pm). Hvflamencofestival.com
Bridge Street Theatre (through July 2) Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre has been keeping things in the air with its Spring Dance Residencies series, each installment of which is preserved via video on the theater’s YouTube channel. Finishing the series out are Ephrat Asherie Dance (through June 2) and TRIBE (June 14-July 2). Bridgest.org
Paul Taylor Dance Company at PS21 (July 2-3 and August 7) In Chatham, PS21’s state-of-the-art open-air performance pavilion located on 100 acres of meadows and orchards, makes for a sublime spot to take in dance recitals and the other arts events that occur there. The Paul Taylor Dance Company is in a residency capped with three performances. Ps21chatham.org
The Mount (June 30-July 2) “Silence,” Edith Wharton wrote, “may be as variously shaded as speech.” Dance, meanwhile, can be a good deal more nuanced than words. How apt, then, that the dancer/choreographer Ian Spencer Bell has created a site-specific work, Banderole, at the Mount, the gorgeous country house Wharton designed and had built in 1902. Though the interior is fascinating, outside is where the magic of this place really lies. Bell and dancers Vanessa Knouse and Joshua Tuason will perform on the estate’s grounds as the audience strolls from the stables to the mansion’s forecourt and gardens. Edithwharton.org —Peter Aaron and Janine Parker
Bryn Cohn + Artists Dance Company at Jacob's Pillow. Photo by Grace Kathryn Landefeld
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2021 SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW A post-show talkback with actors under the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival theater tent. Photo by William Marsh
Last Year at Boscobel Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Following a season off, the return of one of the region’s oldest outdoor theater festivals to its tented stage is certainly, if you will, a dramatic occasion. But for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, 2021 is that and bittersweet and optimistic as well. This season will be its last at the historic Boscobel estate in Garrison, as the company is preparing to relocate to a new home nearby. Why the move, after nearly 35 years in the lush gardens of Garrison? Simple: growth. “With the new location, which is just a few miles down the road in Philipstown, we’re going from being a seasonal festival to being a year-round cultural center,” says the HVSF’s artistic director, Davis McCallum, who stresses that the relocation wasn’t a byproduct of the pandemic and that the company’s parting of ways with Boscobel is an amicable one. “For several years, we’d been thinking about having a permanent home. We really started exploring the idea in the fall of 2019, when philanthropist Christopher Davis approached us about donating a 98-acre property in Philipstown, which had been a golf course, to become that home. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the new space.”
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For the grand finale at its Boscobel base, the festival, which every summer traditionally produces two plays—one from the Shakespearian repertoire and one contemporary selection—and in safer times tours schools with its student-oriented “HVSF on the Road” series, has put together an enticing sendoff marked by zeitgeist-seizing programming. Preceding this year’s live, in-person productions is an online audio adaptation of “Macbeth” (June 7-20), Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about unchecked political ambition and its deleterious psychological effects. The performance is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. James Ljames’s “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” (July 1-30), the company’s choice for this season’s modern original work, acknowledges America’s current racial reckoning via its story about the lives of slaves kept by George and Martha Washington. “The Tempest” (August 5-September 4), one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote, centers on the actions of the island-dwelling sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his supernatural servants, Caliban and
Ariel. The comedy has been interpreted as an allegory for everything from the process of artistic creation to European colonization to, perhaps appropriately given HVSF’s goodbye to its long-time digs, Shakespeare’s impending farewell to the stage. Despite the organization’s move, McCallum maintains that outdoor productions will continue to be a signature component of HVSF’s ongoing operations at its new location. “Because of COVID, open-air performance is really having a moment right now, and that format is our bread and butter,” he says. “People are really hungry to gather again—safely—and to reconnect communally with theater and art.” Starting this month, theatergoers will once again be able to do just that at the festival as it prepares to uproot and takes its final bow at Boscobel. “I think that a lot of theater people believe in ‘ghosts,’ the memories that linger around certain places,” muses McCallum. “And there are certainly lots of memories here. But the future is bright, and we’re excited about the new season and what comes next.” Hvshakespeare.org —Peter Aaron
Theater Round-Up PS21 hosts the US premiere of Kuro Tanino's “The Dark Master” June 18-20.
PS21 (through September 4)
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“Our Town” at the Phoenicia Playhouse
Alongside the many other inspiring arts events at PS21 in Chatham are the US premiere of “The Dark Master” by Japanese writer and director Kuro Tanino and his company, Niwa Gekidan Panino (June 18-20), Nicole Ansari’s “I am every woman” (August 13-15), and the modern opera “Ipsa Dixit” (September 3-4). Ps21chatham.org
Outdoors at BSC Production Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Barrington Stage Company has the George Gershwin revue “Who Could Ask for Anything More?” (June 10-July 3) and “Boca” (July 30-August 22). Indoors on the Boyd/Quinson Stage are “Chester Bailey” (June 18-July 3), “Eleanor” (July 16-August 1), “Sister Sorry” (August 12-29), and “A Crossing” (September 23-October 17). Barringtonstageco.org
(June 18, 19, 25, 26) Although the Phoenicia Playhouse won’t be hosting inside productions this year, the historic 1887 building’s front porch will be the suitably quaint setting for its presentation of the beloved, perennial Thornton Wilder classic. Phoeniciaplayhouse.com
Peter Macklin, Doug Harris, Keri Safran, and Maya Loren Jackson in “Jill Takes a Leap,” part of Barrington Stage Company's 2020 10x10 New Play Festival. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware
Philipstown Depot Theatre (June 5-October 8) With its outdoor Pop-Up Patio Performance Series, Garrison’s Philipstown Depot Theater is all aboard with musical evening “Viva the Divas!” (June 5) and short plays festival “Liberty Speaks” (June 11-12). Fall brings a one-act play festival by Aery Theatre Company (September; check website for dates) and Timothy Haskell’s “A Dark House” (October 8). Philipstowndepottheatre.org
The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (June 3-August 22) After taking it outside last season, the center returns with outdoor performances of “As You Like It” (June 3-20), Julia Cho’s tragicomedy “The Language Archive” (June 3-20), kids’ comedy “Bad Auditions for Bad Actors” (June 12), “Bye Bye Birdie” (July 24-25), and “Our Town” (August 21-22). Centerforperformingarts.org
The Theater Barn (June 3-September 19) Old-fashioned summer stock is alive and well at the Theater Barn in New Lebanon, which is bringing back a summer’s worth of “music, murder, and comical mayhem.” Going straight for the laughs, we’re looking forward to “Fully Committed” (June 24-July 4), which had a run on Broadway in 2016. One brave actor gets to play 40 characters in 90 minutes, starting off as the struggling actor who works as a reservations clerk at a very trendy restaurant. Thetheaterbarn.org
Williamstown Theatre Festival (July 6-August 8) The Williamstown, Massachusetts festival’s 67th season has “Outside on Main: Nine Solo Plays by Black Playwrights” (July 6-25) on the front lawn of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance; the world premiere of the musical “Row” outside at the Clark Art Institute (July 13-August 8); and the world premiere of the outdoor, immersive, town-wide “Alien/Nation” (July 20-August 8). Wtfestival.org —Peter Aaron and Lisa Green
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Sly Stone in a still from Summer of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson's directorial debut, which will be screened by the Woodstock Film Festival at the Greeneville Drive-In on June 24.
Celluloid Summer Drive-Ins & Pop-Up Films From traditional drive-in theaters to pop-up movie events in parks and parking lots, the Hudson Valley is offering up a plethora of outdoor film experiences this summer. From cult classics to horror films to new blockbuster releases to awardwinning documentaries, you can watch it all with the hatch of your car popped open, on a blanket, or on lawn chairs underneath a starry night sky.
HUDSON VALLEY DRIVE-INS Hyde Park Drive-In Opened in 1950, the family-owned Hyde Park DriveIn is likely the Hudson Valley’s oldest continuously operating outdoor theater. The Hyde Park Drive-In is open seven days a week through September showing two films a night on its one screen. The concession stand offers up black angus beef hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and pizza. And, of course, snacks such as popcorn, candy, pretzels, ice cream, and milkshakes. hydeparkdrivein.com
Fair Oaks Drive-In Theater The Fair Oaks Drive-In in Middletown is screening a mix of new releases and classic films on its two screens. It also has four comedy events to announce and a “major mystery guest” in July. The 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show with Translucent Dreams does a victory lap on June 19, a “Back to the `80s Prom Night,” featuring Jessie’s Girl live and a Pretty in Pink screening on July 31. Fair Oaks has an extensive snack bar, with candy, some of the best popcorn in the area, hot dogs, nachos, and on the weekends, burgers, and food specials. Fairoaksdriveintheatre.com
Overlook Drive-In About 10 miles south, in Poughkeepsie, Overlook Drive-In is run by the same owners as the Hyde Park theater. The 750-car lot hosts a six-story screen showing the latest releases as well as occasional throwback classics. The drive-in is open Fridays through Sundays, showing two films a night. Concession stand offerings include French fries, hot dogs, chicken tenders, popcorn, candy, and fresh funnel cakes. Overlookdrivein.com
Four Brothers Drive-In Theater Four Brothers has opted to modernize the drive-in experience with spiffy amenities like electric car
charging, minigolf, a playground, and onsite Airstream lodging in the “Hotel Caravana.” The Amenia drivein screens two films daily on its 4K digital projector. The screenings are mostly new releases, and on some Thursdays, there’s a triple header, including an older film. The food program includes burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, shakes, smoothies, homemade desserts, ice cream, pizza, and craft cocktails, plus all the classic concessions. Weekend pre-show events include live music, a petting zoo, and face painting. Playeatdrink.com
Warwick Drive-In Open since the mid-1950s, the Warwick Drive-In is another local legend. The plein-air cinema features three screens, playing six movies a night across genres from family-friendly to comedies, dramas, and action flicks. The hot food options are classic concession stand fare: hotdogs, hamburgers, popcorn chicken, mozzarella sticks, and French fries. It also has classic cinema snacks like popcorn, candy, pretzels, nachos, and soda. Warwickdrivein.com
Greenville Drive-In This northern Catskills drive-in destination’s 85-inch screen shows a curated mix of first-run features, retro and independent flicks, and filmmaker-direct offerings. Its 62nd season will kick off with screenings on Friday and Saturday nights, and expand to include Thursday and Sunday later in summer. The snack bar offers hot dogs, chili, mac ‘n’ cheese, and a chili mac ‘n’ cheese, if you can’t decide. It also has popcorn, candy, and jumbo chocolate-chip cookies that can be ordered and delivered right to your car during the movie. Local beer, wine, and specialty cocktails are also available. Drivein32.com
Hi-Way Drive-In The Hi-Way Drive-In offers old-school grit and glory, with aluminum-wrapped hot dogs in a warmer, neon orange cheese and nachos, Sno Kones, and popcorn by the gallon bucket in Coxsackie. The drive-in has a whopping four screens, each showing a double feature. With eight films a night, Hi-Way is able to curate a mix of new releases, cult classics, horror films, and not-sonew blockbusters, with at least one kid-friendly option per night. The drive-in is open nightly through Labor Day, and occasionally hosts special events and movie marathons. Hiwaydrivein.com
POP-UP MOVIE EVENTS Bannerman Castle Have you ever been ferried to an island then watched a movie in the shadow of a crumbling castle? Probably not. But you could! This summer, Bannerman Castle is hosting three movie nights, with a boat ride from the Beacon Institute Floating Dock to the island just in time for sunset. Bill and Ted Face the Music will screen on August 20, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo on August 27, and King Kong (1933) on September 9. There are snacks, food, and refreshments available for purchase at the events. Bannermancastle.org
Woodstock Film Festival This summer, the Woodstock Film Festival curates a series of outdoor moviegoing experiences. Head to the lawn at the Bearsville Theater on June 17 for a solar-powered screening of the new award-winning film Shiva Baby by festival alum Emma Seligman. There will be food and drink from local purveyors and a Q&A with Seligman and the producers before the show. On June 24, WFF heads to the Greenville Drive-In for a screening of filmmaker Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s debut and award-winning documentary Summer of Soul, preceded by dinner and cocktails. WFF returns to the drive-in in early July and August for screenings that have yet to be announced. Woodstockfilmfestival.org
Story Screen Drive-In After a smashing success last summer, the pop-up Story Screen Drive-In returns to the park at University Settlement Camp. It will be showing one classic film per week, Wednesdays through Sundays, throughout the summer, with flicks like Animal House, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure––and many more to be announced. Storyscreendrivein.square.site
Upstate Films’ Hudson Valley Picture Show This summer, Upstate Films launches the Hudson Valley Picture Show—a traveling al fresco movie experience, with a 24-foot screen, an ultra-bright projector, and a powerful sound system. Kicking off in July and running through early fall, the Hudson Valley Picture Show will pop up at some of the Hudson Valley’s most iconic locations, screening both new-release and classic films at spots like Kaatsbaan, Opus 40, the Bearsville Center, the Omega Institute, and in the City of Kingston. Upstatefilms.org —Diana Testa 6/21 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 69
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Guardians of the Land
Saints and Samarai
© Norm Magnusson “glasses (detail)”
Contemporary Theatre Alternative Cabaret Storytelling
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2ECOND SATURDAY HUDSON GALLERY CRAWL The City-Wide, Late-Night Art and Design Event Launches This Month
fter over a year of waiting, wishing, and making plans, this summer is shaping up to be a shot of creative energy for art and design lovers in the Hudson Valley. In Hudson, the city’s businesses have teamed up to launch 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl—a late-night celebration of the dynamic cultural offerings that have made the city a capital of art and design in the region. Kicking off Saturday, June 12, and continuing every second Saturday of the month, over 60 businesses will be staying open late to shine a light on Hudson’s diverse art and design community. With dozens of galleries located within a walkable, one-mile radius, the event will offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for new art buyers and serious collectors of any budget or taste to experience the breadth of the region’s art scene and the work of the many artists who create in Hudson. In organizing the event, gallery owners Ellen D’Arcy Simpson of D’Arcy Simpson Art Works, Jeremy Bullis of Window on Hudson, and Susan Eley of Susan Eley Fine Art were inspired by the success of gallery crawls in Chelsea, Brooklyn, and the Lower East Side. “There isn’t
an event like this in Hudson currently,” Bullis says. “At least once a month we will be bringing attention to the city’s position as an art and design center.” In addition to the galleries that are staying open late, numerous high-end retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and venues across the city will adjust their hours as well, with many offering special events and promotions for the event. “Saturday nights after 5pm are surprisingly quiet in Hudson, but it’s so fun to walk and shop before you go to dinner or to have something to look forward to doing on a Saturday night,” says Simpson. “We wanted to give visitors a chance to extend their day into the night.” The gallery crawl’s organizers are also collaborating with other local groups on events that will coincide with 2econd Saturday. “The gallery crawl will be a really fun, exciting monthly event that also serves as a platform for other coordinated community projects, like live music, food trucks, outdoor markets, and cultural celebrations,” Simpson says. In addition to attracting visitors and locals alike to spend Saturday nights in Hudson, the event is an opportunity for business owners to
work together and support each other after a difficult year. “When Jeremy brought the idea to us it was a no-brainer,” says Eley. “Hudson has such a warm and friendly spirit, and in the last year since I opened my gallery I have already become more and more invested in collaborating with other dealers on Warren Street.” The 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl has already garnered the support of organizations including Columbia County Tourism, the Galvan Foundation, Hudson Business Coalition, Hudson City Digital, Hudson Tourism Board, Peggy Pollenberg Real Estate, and Visit Hudson NY. “When Ellen approached the Hudson Business Coalition, we knew it was an event we wanted to support and partner with them on,” says Alexandre Petraglia, president of the Hudson Business Coalition. “What they’re building here is much more than an event series. It’s an opportunity to attract a lot of attention to everything Hudson has to offer—from families to individuals to those who come to Hudson for its arts, culture, food, and more.” Hudsongallerycrawl.com 6/21 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 71
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e really feel like everyone, especially young people, should be reminded of what Keith Haring stood for: art and justice are for everyone,” says Chris Rossi, director of exhibitions at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, where over 100 of the pop artist’s works are on display now through September 5 as part of its exhibition “Keith Haring: Radiant Vision.” Following a year of social, racial, and political upheaval, the opportunity for a new generation to experience Haring’s activist art at Fenimore is a timely one. “He’s one of these artists whose work has become iconic,” says Rossi. “Some might not know the name, but they know the work when they see it because he spoke to universal feelings.” As a young, openly gay artist who rose to prominence in New York City’s gritty street art scene during the 1980s, Haring often used his work as an urgent societal call to action. Inspired by the art-for-everyone ethos embraced by artists like Andy Warhol and the liveliness of the city’s graffiti, he gained notoriety for the performancebased chalk drawings he created in the empty black ad spaces in subway stations. The striking, energetic icons that filled them—radiant babies, UFOs, and barking dogs—would become central symbols in his work. Rossi herself was working for the Museum of Natural History when Haring’s subway work was at its height. “I remember seeing his pieces around the city. He’d ride the train and hop off when he saw an unused ad space and just draw with chalk. He’d get arrested, but he even had the support of some of the police, and people began to know who he was. Then in 1982 he had his big gallery show, and the rest is history,” she says. In 1983, Haring was included in the Whitney Biennial. By 1984, he had exhibited in Brazil, Spain, Japan, Italy, and England. People began stealing his subway pieces and selling them. Despite his rapid rise to stardom, Haring remained devoted to creating art that belonged to the community and advocated for societal change. Over his short but prolific career, which was cut short by AIDS, Haring used his playful, seemingly simple icons and bold color palette as an accessible visual language to discuss issues like gay rights and the AIDS crisis, as well as the crack epidemic and apartheid. His many public works, which included murals for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers, orphanages, can still be found in cities around the world. After several years of working with a private collection to mount this summer’s exhibition, Fenimore offers visitors a view into Haring’s important role as an activist artist. From lithographs to silkscreens, drawings on paper, and posters, the exhibit provides an overview of the artist’s impressive breadth and diversity of mediums. In the spirit of Haring’s work and his dedication to the betterment of youth, the museum is also sponsoring the creation of a mural in Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park and offering free admission to museum goers under 19. For more information about “Keith Haring: Radiant Vision,” visit Fenimoreartmuseum.org or call (888) 547-1450.
KEITH HARING AT FENIMORE ART MUSEUM
Keith Haring, Shafrazi Gallery (1982). Photograph ©1982 Allan Tannenbaum Above: Keith Haring (1982). Photograph ©1982 Allan Tannenbaum
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Opening by Wura-Natasha Ogunji, part of the group exhibition “Land Escape” at Fridman Gallery in Beacon through June 27.
GARRISON ART CENTER
23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON “Guardians of the Land.” Solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Deb Lecce. Through June 20. “Saints and Samarai.” Panel paintings by Holly Sumner. Through June 20.
229 GREENKILL AVENUE, KINGSTON “Longyear Gallery Artists”. Artists from the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville. June 5-26.
HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART/CCS BARD BARD COLLEGE, ANNANDALE-ONHUDSON
“Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection.” June 26-October 17. “With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985.” June 26-November 28.
HOLLAND TUNNEL GALLERY
46 CHAMBERS STREET, NEWBURGH “Alejandro Dron and Johan Wahlstrom.” June 5-July 18. Opening reception June 5, 3-6pm.
HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER 477 MAIN STREET, BEACON
“Viorel Florescu: Retrospective (1970-2020).” Photographs by award-winning photojournalist. June 5-27.
327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Hudson Talbott: River of Dreams.” Retrospective. June 11-August 15.
HUDSON VALLEY MOCA
1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL “How We Live, Part II”. Through January 31.
2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE
11 JANE ST
“PORNWEAVINGSEXHIBITION.” Paper weaving by Norm Magnusson. Through June 27.
“Daniel Berlin: Recognition.” Paintings. June 12-July 4. “Dianna Vidal: Strange Invention.” Photographs. June 12-July 4.
11 JANE STREET, SAUGERTIES
ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
506 MAIN STREET, BEACON
258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT
BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN
“Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs.” The first solo museum exhibition of New York-based artist Lucia Hierro (b. 1987). Hierro’s practice, which includes sculpture, digital media, and installation, confronts 21st-century capitalism through an intersectional lens. June 7-January 2.
“Flights of Fancy: The Botanical and Bejeweled Universe of Mindy Lam.” Through June 6.
5 WEST STOCKBRIDGE ROAD, STOCKBRIDGE, MA
BUSTER LEVI GALLERY
ANN STREET GALLERY
121 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING BUSTERLEVIGALLERY.COM.
“Answer Tell Pray Answer Look Tell Answer Answer Tell”. Features the work of Elena Ailes, CFGNY, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Laurel Schwulst, and Kevin Zhu. Through June 20.
“Nancy Steinson: Drawings & Sculpture.” The exhibition includes four drawings from each of two series—Summer Series and Falling. Water—as well as four steel sculptures (Violetta de Marte, Clendenin, Pacific Interior and Arcus I). June 5-27.
104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH
529 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54.” Bobby Miller’s photos of the iconic disco. June 15-August 31.
ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER 24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS
“18th Annual Members Exhibition.” A series of rotating window installations curated by Diane Michener and Lucy Michener. Through June 20.
BARRETT ART CENTER
55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Pennie Brantley: Past the Past.” Hyperrealistic oil paintings. Through June 5.
BARRETT HOUSE ART CENTER
55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE. “Fun House.” Group show of surreal, fantastic, and bizarre art curated by Silvia Cubiñá, executive director and chief curator, Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Through June 20.
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BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“The Power of 10.” Curated by Jane Hart, exhibiting artists include Francie Bishop Good, Richmond Burton, Amanda Church, Elisabeth Condon, Lydia Dona, Stephen Lack, Michael Rodriguez, Alexander Ross, David Shaw, and Jennifer Wynne Reeves. Through June 20.
CORNELL CREATIVE BUSINESS & ARTS CENTER 129 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON
“IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity in America.” A collaborative social justice art exhibit presented by with New Horizons Resources, Arc Mid-Hudson, and Cornell Creative Arts Center. Through July 31.
D'ARCY SIMPSON ART WORKS 409 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“UNGUNS: Will Squibb.” Sculptures of transformed weapons. Through December 31.
3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON Works by Lee Ufan, Sam Gilliam, Barry Le Va, Richard Serra, Mario Merz, and others on long-term view.
ECKERT FINE ART GALLERY
1315 MOCA WAY, NORTH ADAMS, MA “Eric Forstmann—21.” Iconic still life paintings and more. Through June 30.
EMERGE GALLERY & ART SPACE 228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES
785 MAIN STREET, MARGARETVILLE “Deborah Ruggerio & Gary Mayer.” Paintings, plus members’ group show. Through June 7. Marilyn Silver and Gerda Van Leeuwen. Plus members’ show. June 11-July 5.
MARK GRUBER GALLERY
433 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Couples.” Paintings by artistic duos. June 5-July 24.
MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART
2700 ROUTE 9, COLD SPRING “Nivola: Sandscapes.” Features a selection of 50 works of sandcast sculpting by Costantino Nivola (1911-1988), Through January 10.
“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Paintings by Martin Johnson Heade plus site-specific artwork inspired by Heade, Cole, and Church. June 12-October 31.
“Women Picturing Women: From Personal Spaces to Public Ventures.” Through June 13. “Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg’s Currents.” June 26-Sept. 19.
“Erin Shirreff: Remainders.” Through January 2. “Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed.” Sculpture. Through October 31. “Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway.” Paintings. June 19-September 19.
“Moving Forms/Dynamic Balance.” Work by Richard Erdman, Michael Howard, Henry Klimovicz, Jason Middlebrook, Martina Angela Müller, George Quasha, Patrick Stolfo, and Thorn Zay. Through June 21.
FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE
“New Work.” Featuring Alaina Enslen, Jeanette Fintz, Anne Francey, Jenny Nelson. June 6-August 1.
225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA
743 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON
OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE
124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE
CLARK ART INSTITUTE
“Cut Pieces.” Group show of collage art. Through June 27.
CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY
622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“occurring or situated between stars.” Group show featuring Pauline Decarmo, JJ Manford, Sue Muskat, Kathy Osborn, Susan Rabinowitz, Julia Schwartz, Michael Tong, Peter Williams. Through June 27.
475 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Land Escape.” Nanette Carter, Athena LaTocha and Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Through June 27.
5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON
OLIVE FREE LIBRARY
4033 ROUTE 28A, WEST SHOKAN “Between Wind and Water.” Work by 17 visual artists, writers, and photographers who traveled together to Orkney, Scotland. Through July 10.
50 FITE ROAD, SAUGERTIES “Laura Battle: New Work.” June 17-July 30.
Top: #anthropocene by Kevin Kuenster, from the group exhibition “Fun House” at Barrett House Art Center through June 20.
Bottom: Judy Pfaff installing “ar.chae.ol.o.gy”: a sitespecific installation” at Pamela Salisbury Gallery. Through July 25. Photo by Peter Aaron/OTTO
PAMELA SALISBURY GALLERY
362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Barbara Takenaga: Recent Paintings.” Through June 20. “ar.chae.ol.o.gy.” A site-specific installation by Judy Pfaff. Through July 25. “Elisa Jensen: Closer to Home.” Through June 20.
56 NORTH FRONT STREET, KINGSTON "Pinkwater Gallery à la Maison." Ongoing.
SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART
1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/ MUSEUM. “Dirt: Inside Landscapes.” Through July 11. “Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994—2020.” Through July 11. “Lewis Hine, Child Labor Investigator.”Through July 11.
STORM KING ART CENTER
1 MUSEUM ROAD, NEW WINDSOR “Crisis.”Site-specific installation by Rashid Johnson. Through November 8.
SUSAN ELEY FINE ART
433 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Redefine: New Work by Francie Hester.” Paintings. Through June 6.
THE RE INSTITUTE
1395 BOSTON CORNERS ROAD, MILLERTON “Re-Read.” Photographs by Lothar Osterburg. Through June 26.
THE WASSAIC PROJECT
37 FURNACE BANK ROAD, WASSAIC “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now.” Group show featuring 35 artists in and around the Maxon Mills with a particular emphasis on immersive, site-specific installations. Through September 18.
THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL
“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Paintings by Martin Johnson Heade plus site-specific artwork inspired by Heade, Cole, and Church. June 12-October 31. June 12-October 31.
THE TROLLEY BARN
489 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Up Close and Personal.” Group show. Through July 1.
UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER
68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ. “Owning Earth.” Outdoor sculpture installation of 19 artistic responses to systems of human domination over our environments and the urgent need to enact futures guided by mutuality and reverence. June 26-June 1, 2022.
WINDHAM FINE ARTS
5380 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM “American Romanticist Master Artist: Barry DeBaun.” Through June 30.
4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Keep It Local.” Group show. June 4-27.
WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“Celebrating the Centennial: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association, Part 2.” Through September 12. “Far & Wide National.” Juried by Nicelle Beauchene and Franklin Parrasch, co-founders of Parts & Labor in Beacon. June 4-July 18.
WOODSTOCK BYRDCLIFFE GUILD 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“The Power of 10.” Work by Francie Bishop Good, Richmond Burton, Amanda Church, Elisabeth Condon, Lydia Dona, Stephen Lack, Michael Rodriguez, Alexander Ross, David Shaw, and Jennifer Wynne Reeves. Curated by Jane Hart. Through June 20.
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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude
REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT June’s powerful celestial portends demonstrate that the seismic societal shifts we’re experiencing have made it impossible to avoid collective responsibility. The proto-American archetype of the rugged individualist has ceded its mythological place to an amalgam of competing identities. Who are you? Who am I? Who are we, and why? This month’s most prominent feel-good moment comes June 2 with a powerfully beneficent trine of Venus and Jupiter. Grab the good vibes and hold them close; the dramatic opposition of Mars in Cancer to Pluto in Capricorn June 5 tests our tolerance for extreme instability. Security concerns are heightened, and loyalties are tested. Mercury does his best to confuse us with too much data during his Retrograde in Gemini through June 22. The planet of communication in hyper-reverse overdrive is always in danger of information overload without interpretive power. The New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Gemini, conjunct Mercury Retrograde June 10 may re-energize dormant sources of misinformation. June 14 is the second of 2021’s three Saturn/Uranus squares. Restrictive Saturn in progressive Aquarius clashing with radical Uranus in cautious Taurus: a conservative revolution, radicalized traditionalism. Best time to go off the grid was yesterday. The Summer Solstice with Jupiter’s retrograde during his preview/ coming attractions in Pisces June 20 provides no answers but stimulates better questions. What, after the life-altering changes of the last 18 months, really matters? The Full “Super” Moon in practical and pragmatic Capricorn June 24 reveals the bottom line. Nonnegotiables are laid on the table, and everyone must choose. Our communal identity crisis takes a back seat to personal passion by the end of June, with both Venus and Mars in dramatic Leo. A long, hot summer awaits us. The best immunization against infectious social histrionics is always remembering who you are and what you represent.
ARIES (March 20–April 19) The stress of Mars in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn June 5, with Moon in Aries, is meant to spur you to action. The Cardinal square of Mars/ Pluto to your Sun demands a concrete response to internal pressures which have been building for some time. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that compartmentalizing career and family matters is an artificial and unsustainable attempt to separate that which cannot operate independent of one another. Issues of security and status need resolution by the time Mars enters Leo June 11. Prioritize whatever makes you feel safe and respected.
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TAURUS (April 19–May 20) Venus enters sentimental Cancer June 2, making a harmonious, beneficent trine to Jupiter June 3; take those rare feel-good vibes to the bank. Positive energy is your most valuable asset now; others will seek your council and comfort and fortunately you have what to share with the wounded and the heartsick. Venus square Chiron June 12 and sextile Uranus June 13; take care to ground your extreme sensitivity to the feelings of others to avoid emotional overwhelm. Creative imagination gains power June 21-23 with Venus trine Neptune and opposite Pluto. Romance heats up when Venus enters Leo June 27.
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GEMINI (May 20–June 21) Surprise! It’s flashback time when Mercury’s retrograde in Gemini through June 22 returns you to issues, information and initiatives important during the summer of 2015! You’re an entirely different and much wiser person than you were back then; prove your powers of discernment June 5 when Mercury squares Neptune. The New Moon / Solar Eclipse in Gemini June 10 with Sun conjunct Mercury reveals just how much you have grown. The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is your theme song this month; hard-won wisdom and sober perception keep you from falling prey to charming charlatans and freaky fraudsters.
CANCER (June 21–July 22) June 1’s Last Quarter Pisces Moon with Sun sextile wounded healer Chiron, and Venus entering Cancer sets the stage for an emotion-filled month, and the feelings are all about unresolved, unexamined ancestral trauma. The Gemini New Moon/Solar Eclipse June 10 reveals new information around old stories. Pursue your research into family mysteries, and don’t let yourself be shamed into silence—the truth is your birthright. Gain power at the Summer Solstice June 20 when Sun enters Cancer; Full “Super” Moon in Capricorn June 24 reveals fears around status and security are at the root of inherited wounds.
LEO (July 22–August 23) Sun sextile Chiron and trine Saturn June 1–2, amplifying your personal soliloquy on the topic of wrongs you’ve endured. Sun conjunct Mercury at the Gemini New Moon/ Solar Eclipse June 10; roar your personal truth loud and fearlessly. Sun square Neptune June 13 demands a reality check; the doors of perception may need to be re-hung to compensate for the distortion factor. Sun enters Cancer at the Summer Solstice June 20, prioritizing instinct over intellect and sharpening discernment. Plumb the depths of unexplored desire with Mars in Leo from June 11 and Venus in Leo after June 27.
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VIRGO (August 23–September 23) Mercury retrograde in Gemini resurrects inner conflict around your career path; last time you confronted this, during the summer of 2015, you weren’t nearly as experienced and savvy as you are now. Mercury’s square to Neptune June 5 may allow a graceful exit from an uncomfortable confrontation. Make time for adjustments which ensure congruity with your long-term goals at the First Quarter Virgo Moon June 17. Mercury stations direct June 22, followed by a Full “Super” Moon in Capricorn June 24. Priorities are clarified and delayed decisions are finalized as you really internalize the value of your personal autonomy.
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LIBRA (September 23–October 23) Venus in Cancer through June 27 brings positive attention and affirmation around your career and public persona. Ask for a raise, promotion, recognition, or favor June 2 at the trine of celestial beneficents Venus and Jupiter. Heightened sensitivity to the vulnerability of others, and willingness to embrace new ideas brings success June 12–13 when Venus squares Chiron and sextiles Uranus. Powerful passions at play June 23–24 with Venus opposite Pluto and Full “Super” Moon in Capricorn. Don’t issue relationship ultimatums unless you’re willing to follow through. Ambivalence will be dealt with harshly—your own, or that of a partner. 6/21 CHRONOGRAM HOROSCOPES 77
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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) June 5 brings challenges and potential rewards when classical planetary ruler Mars in Cancer opposes your modern planetary ruler Pluto in Capricorn, affecting your thought processes, communications, and ability to connect to and inspire others. Ego trips are a dead end. If approached with humility and consciousness, the rewards include tremendous powers of persuasion. Use your charisma for the greater good. Mars enters Leo June 11, enhancing your personal magnetism. The Full “Super” Moon in Capricorn June 24 reveals the quiet strength of graciousness and modesty. These worthy attributes characterize the demeanor of one who bears highly concentrated power.
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Though there’s nothing logical about it, you’ve lucked into a winning streak during Jupiter’s sojourn through Pisces, which began mid-May and runs through the end of July. Intuition is more important than intellect during this transit—trust your gut and don’t ask your head too many questions. Venus trine Jupiter June 3; trust your strong and powerful instincts, they lead to a new source of abundance. New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Gemini June 10 initiates a new phase in evaluating your relationships. You’re seeing your own value in a clearer light; don’t settle for partnership without practical potentialities.
The second Saturn-Uranus square of 2021 occurs June 14, with your planetary ruler Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. This dynamic tension revives issues of the first square of February 17, which revolve around balancing the pragmatic with creative usage of your values and valuables. Sun’s trine to Saturn June 2 supports honest evaluation of the socially conscious state of your material world. Full “Super” Moon in Capricorn June 24 illuminates what kind of practical magic you’ll need to ensure your goals are attainable. Though you’d rather go it alone, success is going to take a team effort.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19) Saturn in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus June 14, the second of 2021’s three Saturn/Uranus squares. Rewind to mid-February and revisit surprising revelations around personal identity and family of origin secrets which still need resolution. Venus sextiles Uranus June 13, taking the edge off any abrupt moves. New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Gemini June 10 initiates a creative rebirth. The Full “Super” Moon in Capricorn June 24 turns on the searchlights of your subconscious mind: connections lurking right under the surface emerge and energize your creative juices. Venus enters Leo June 27; watch for drama in partnership relationships!
PISCES (February 20-March 19) Classical planetary ruler Jupiter is in Pisces through July, balming, soothing, and healing wounds caused by the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune during this transit. Last Quarter Moon in Pisces June 1 and Venus trine Jupiter June 2 gives you grace and favor in almost every sector of your life, from creativity to romance to your career and material world. Ensure you’re seeing things clearly when Mercury retrograde squares Neptune June 5. Jupiter’s retrograde June 10 and Venus trine Neptune June 21 empowers operating on a purely instinctual level. Follow your hunches all the way to the bank.
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For more than 50 years, tens of thousands of spectators crowded the banks of the Hudson River to witness the annual Poughkeepsie Regatta, a national collegiate rowing competition. People parked their cars atop the cliffs and boats lined the river’s edge; some rode specialty trains that moved along the river banks and kept pace with the boats as the race progressed. Many winning teams of the Poughkeepsie Regatta went on to compete in the Olympics afterward, such as that of the University of Washington, which after winning the 1936 regatta won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler’s favored German crew. The Poughkeepsie Regatta began as the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, an annual competition between Columbia University, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The schools chose a four-mile stretch of the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland for its relative straightness, easy spectating, and its location as a neutral ground for rowing teams. Other collegiate institutions joined over time from all areas of the country, such as the United States Naval Academy, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Washington. Over time, the Hudson River became known as the rowing capital of the world. The competition drew nationwide reporting at the time but has since been largely forgotten. For the past three decades, researchers at Marist College have been collecting and documenting materials related to the Poughkeepsie Regatta, a collection of 1,900 objects including programs, photos, documents, medals, trophies, and train tickets. The archive can be accessed at Exhibits.archives.marist.edu and will be a permanent part of Marist College’s digital archives. —Naomi Shammash
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